Pat Corrales, Supervisor of Three Main League Groups, Dies at 82

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By Stacy Connor


Pat Corrales, who managed the Texas Rangers, Cleveland Indians and Philadelphia Phillies earlier than an extended stint on the Atlanta Braves teaching employees underneath the Corridor of Fame skipper Bobby Cox, died on Sunday at his house within the north Georgia mountains. The primary Main League supervisor of Mexican descent, he was 82.

The Los Angeles Dodgers confirmed his demise. He had labored within the Dodgers’ entrance workplace since 2012, most lately as a particular assistant to the final supervisor.

A local of Los Angeles, Corrales was a backup catcher with 4 groups over a largely nondescript profession within the majors, compiling a .216 common with 4 homers and 54 runs batted in over 9 seasons. He made his solely postseason look as a participant with the Cincinnati Reds within the 1970 World Sequence, grounding out to Brooks Robinson for the ultimate out within the Baltimore Orioles’ five-game victory.

Corrales was much more notable for his post-playing profession. He grew to become the primary big-league supervisor of Mexican descent when, as a coach with the Rangers, he took over the workforce for the ultimate sport of the 1978 season.

He went on to handle the Rangers for 2 full seasons, ending with a document of 160-164. He was employed because the Phillies’ supervisor in 1982, going 89-73 in his solely full season with the workforce. He was fired in the midst of the next season, when the workforce was in first place within the Nationwide League East however had a disappointing document of 43-42.

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The Phillies’ basic supervisor, Paul Owens, moved to the dugout to switch him and guided the workforce to the World Sequence, the place they misplaced to Baltimore in 5 video games.

Corrales was rapidly employed by Cleveland, ending out the 1983 season as supervisor and persevering with in that submit over 5 seasons. After a 102-loss marketing campaign in 1985, Cleveland bounced again to an 84-78 mark the subsequent yr. However Corrales was fired in 1987 with the workforce mired at 31-56. His total mark in Cleveland was 280-355.

Corrales adopted with an extended teaching stint in Atlanta, engaged on Cox’s employees from 1990 to 2006. That tenure coincided with the Braves’ emergence as a Main League powerhouse, which included a document 14 straight division titles and a World Sequence championship in 1995.

“Throughout that run, he was the man, doing numerous the heavy lifting,” Braves Supervisor Brian Snitker stated this week earlier than a sport at Colorado. “He was a baseball man by and thru.”

Corrales completed his profession within the dugout as a coach with the Washington Nationals. He was additionally a coach with the Yankees in 1989.

He’s survived by his spouse of 40 years, Donna Myers Corrales; two daughters, Rena Hammerness and Patricia Collins; and a son, Jason. One other son, Patrick, and one other daughter, Michele Pollitt, died earlier than him.

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