Ron Karkovice

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Ronald Joseph Karkovice

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Biographical Information[edit]

Catcher Ron Karkovice was nicknamed "Officer Ron Karkovice" by the Chicago White Sox television announcers. A first-round pick in the 1982 amateur draft, he spent his entire 12-year major league career with the White Sox, typically hitting for a low average but with some power. During much of his major league career, he backed up or platooned with Carlton Fisk.

He hit an inside-the-park grand slam against the Minnesota Twins on August 30, 1990. David West was the pitcher. He hit it to the gap and the two outfielders waited for it to carom off the wall, but instead it just stayed by the wall. They then went though a routine where they both stopped for a second, expecting the other to move towards the ball, then both jerking towards it at the same time, then both flinching and stopping when they saw the other going. Finally, one got to the ball, but fell over as he went to pick it up. He tried tossing it to the other outfielder, who obviously wasn't expecting it, because he moved out of the way when the ball went at him. By the time they finally tamed the ball and got it in the infield, Karkovice had scored. He hit 5 grand slams during his career.

Karkovice was hitting coach of the Newark Bears in 2009 and bench coach of the Camden Riversharks in 2012. He became manager of the Riversharks in 2013.

His nephew Jacob Brigham has also played pro ball.

Year-By-Year Minor League Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
2000 GCL Royals Gulf Coast League -- Kansas City Royals replaced by Andre David on August 1
2013 Camden Riversharks Atlantic League 54-86 8th Independent leagues

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