Jerry Manuel

Jerry Manuel (born December 23, 1953), nicknamed "The Sage," is a former major league manager.[1] He previously managed the Chicago White Sox from 1998 to 2003 and the New York Mets from the middle of 2008 to 2010 and played in the majors for parts of five seasons in the 1970s and early 1980s. He now works as an analyst for MLB Network. He is the father of fashion designer Jerry Lorenzo, founder of the streetwear label Fear of God.

Jerry Manuel
Jerry Manuel
Second baseman / Manager
Born: December 23, 1953 (age 65)
Hahira, Georgia
Batted: Switch Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 18, 1975, for the Detroit Tigers
Last MLB appearance
May 30, 1982, for the San Diego Padres
MLB statistics
Batting average.150
Home runs3
Runs batted in13
Managerial record704–684
Winning %.507
As player

As manager

As coach

Career highlights and awards

Playing career

Manuel played sparingly in the major leagues from 1975 to 1982, mostly as a second baseman. He accumulated only 127 at bats and a .150 batting average with three home runs and 13 RBIs in 96 games. Although his major league playing career was brief, Manuel was the starting second baseman for the Montréal Expos in their only postseason series victory in 1981. He was 1-for-14 (.071) in the series and was replaced by Rodney Scott in the NLCS.

Other than Montréal, Manuel played for the Detroit Tigers and the San Diego Padres and ultimately retired in 1984.[2]

In 1972, Manuel and Mike Ondina became the first pair of high school teammates to be drafted in the first round of a Major League draft. Both attended Cordova High School in Rancho Cordova, California. While Manuel played less than 100 games, Ondina fared even worse, never reaching the majors.

Coaching and managerial career

Manuel held a variety of coaching positions over the next six years. He was originally hired by the Chicago White Sox in 1985 to scout Northern California.[2] He left the White Sox the following year to join the Montréal Expos organization, a team with which he would remain associated for the next 11 years. In 1986, Manuel joined the Expos' Triple-A affiliate, the Indianapolis Indians of the American Association, as a player/coach.[3][4] Manuel spent the next three years as the Expos' roving infield instructor (1987) and their minor league field coordinator (1988–89). In 1990, Manuel became a manager for the first time as he was named the manager of the Southern League's Jacksonville Expos,[3] the Expos' Double-A affiliate. He led the team to an 84–60 record[5] and was named the league's manager of the year.[2]


Following a successful season at Double-A, Manuel was elevated to Triple-A to manage the Indianapolis Indians for the 1991 season.[6] Midway through the campaign, he was brought up to Montréal to serve as the third base coach for the Expos,[3] ending a minor league managing career in which Manuel compiled a 112–82 record.[2] He remained the Expos' third base coach through the 1996 season. In 1997, he moved on to the Florida Marlins, where he became a bench coach under Jim Leyland. The team went on to win the 1997 World Series.[7] Days after the World Series victory, Manuel's father, Lorenzo Manuel, died.[8] Over one month later, in December, Manuel signed a multi-year deal to manage the Chicago White Sox.[2] Over the next six seasons, he amassed 500 wins and led the Sox to 95 in 2000 alone. In that season, Manuel guided the White Sox to a first-place finish in the American League's Central Division and was named the American League's Manager of the Year.[7] Following the 2003 season, Manuel was replaced as White Sox manager by Ozzie Guillén.

His 2003 Topps baseball card reads:

"Jerry has a philosophical air about him that makes him a sage influence and respected leader on his teams. After six seasons directing the White Sox fortunes, he's risen to fourth on the franchise's managerial wins list. Formerly, he was a pro player for 15 years and 12-year coach/Minor League manager. Manuel and Ken Williams form the first African-American GM/manager tandem in MLB history."

New York Mets (2005–10)


After being released by the White Sox, Manuel joined the New York Mets in 2005 as the first base and outfield coach under new manager Willie Randolph. Manuel became Randolph's bench coach in 2006, a position he remained in until 2008.[7]

Since he was fired by the White Sox, Manuel wanted to manage again. But in February 2007 he announced a contingency plan—he was introduced as the man who would lead the formation of a baseball program at William Jessup University, an NAIA school in Rocklin, California. He said he would coach the team when it started in 2009 if he did not get another managing job.


On June 17, 2008, Willie Randolph, pitching coach Rick Peterson, and first base coach Tom Nieto were fired by the Mets. Omar Minaya announced Manuel as the interim manager, while Ken Oberkfell, Dan Warthen, and Luis Aguayo were brought up from the New Orleans Zephyrs (the then-Mets' Triple-A affiliate) to fill the remaining coaching vacancies.[7]

In 2008, the New York Mets were unable to hold a division lead, and ultimately the Phillies clinched the division on September 27. The Mets were then eliminated from the NL Wild Card berth the following day when the team lost to the Florida Marlins 4–2 in the final game at Shea Stadium.

On October 3, 2008, Manuel agreed to a two-year deal to remain the Mets manager. The deal included a club option for a third year.

On October 4, 2010, the Mets announced that both Manuel and general manager Omar Minaya would not return for the 2011 season.[9]

Managerial record

As of January 2, 2015
Team From To Regular season record Post–season record
W L Win % W L Win %
Chicago White Sox 1998 2003 500 471 .515 0 3 .000
New York Mets 2008 2010 204 213 .489 0 0
Total 704 684 .507 0 3 .000

Post-MLB career

After leaving Major League Baseball, Manuel went back to his home in the Sacramento area and started the Jerry Manuel Foundation to "Educate African American young men with charter school standards and train them in the fundamentals of baseball."[10]

On January 16, 2014, it was announced that Manuel would be brought on as the Director of Baseball Operations at William Jessup University in Rocklin, California.[11]


  1. ^ "Jerry Manuel Managerial Record |". Retrieved November 29, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e Rogers, Phil (December 5, 1997). "A look back: Sox hire Manuel". Chicago Tribune. The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved June 19, 2008.
  3. ^ a b c "Jerry Manuel Statistics at The Baseball Cube". Archived from the original on January 18, 2009. Retrieved June 24, 2008.
  4. ^ "1986 Indianapolis Indians Statistics at The Baseball Cube". Archived from the original on September 6, 2008. Retrieved June 24, 2008.
  5. ^ "1990 Jacksonville Expos Statistics at The Baseball Cube". Archived from the original on September 5, 2008. Retrieved June 24, 2008.
  6. ^ "1991 Indianapolis Indians Statistics at The Baseball Cube". Archived from the original on June 21, 2008. Retrieved June 24, 2008.
  7. ^ a b c d "Jerry Manuel named interim manager". New York Mets. June 17, 2008. Retrieved June 19, 2008.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 12, 2015. Retrieved March 11, 2015.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ Omar Minaya not remaining with Mets ESPN
  10. ^ Jerry Manuel Foundation-Our Mission Archived January 18, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ Former MLB Manager Jerry Manuel Helping William Jessup University Start Baseball ProgramCBS

Further reading

External links

1975 Detroit Tigers season

The 1975 Detroit Tigers compiled a record of 57–102, the fifth worst season in Detroit Tigers history. They finished in last place in the American League East, 37½ games behind the Boston Red Sox. Their team batting average of .249 and team ERA of 4.27 were the second worst in the American League. They were outscored by their opponents 786 to 570.

1976 Detroit Tigers season

The 1976 Detroit Tigers season was a season in American baseball. The team finished in fifth place in the American League East with a record of 74–87, 24 games behind the New York Yankees. They were outscored by their opponents 709 to 609. The Tigers drew 1,467,020 fans to Tiger Stadium in 1976, ranking 4th of the 14 teams in the American League.

1980 Montreal Expos season

The 1980 Montreal Expos season was the 12th season in franchise history.

1982 Montreal Expos season

The 1982 Montreal Expos season was the 14th season in franchise history. They finished 86-76, 6 games back of the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League East.

1982 San Diego Padres season

The 1982 San Diego Padres season was the 14th in franchise history. It was their first season in which they finished at .500 or better.

1983 Chicago Cubs season

The 1983 Chicago Cubs season was the 112th season of the Chicago Cubs franchise, the 108th in the National League and the 68th at Wrigley Field. The Cubs finished fifth in the National League East with a record of 71–91.

1983 Montreal Expos season

The 1983 Montreal Expos season was the 15th season in franchise history. They finished 82-80, 8 games back of the Philadelphia Phillies in the NL East. At the end of the season, the Expos had managed the best cumulative winning percentage in the National League from 1979 to 1983.

1991 Montreal Expos season

The 1991 Montreal Expos season was the 23rd season in franchise history. After several winning seasons, the Expos faltered in 1991, winning only 20 of its first 49 games. Manager Buck Rodgers was replaced as manager by Tom Runnells. The team ultimately finished 71-90.

1998 Chicago White Sox season

The 1998 Chicago White Sox season was the White Sox's 99th season. They finished with a record 80-82, good enough for 2nd place in the American League Central, 9 games behind the 1st place Cleveland Indians.

2002 Major League Baseball season

The 2002 Major League Baseball season finished with two wild-card teams, the Anaheim Angels defeating the San Francisco Giants in seven games, for the World Series championship. It was the first title in Angels team history. This was the first season for .

2003 Major League Baseball season

The 2003 Major League Baseball season ended when the Florida Marlins defeated the New York Yankees in a six-game World Series. The Detroit Tigers set the American League record for losses in a season, with 119, and the Marlins became the first team to win the championship twice as a wild card.

2010 New York Mets season

The New York Mets' 2010 season was the franchise's 49th season and their second at Citi Field. The team was attempting to rebound from the injury plagued 2009 season as they sought their first postseason appearance since 2006. However, they failed in their goal, earning a 79-83 record and second consecutive fourth-place finish in the NL East, leading to the firing of manager Jerry Manuel and the dismissal of general manager Omar Minaya at the conclusion of the season.

Brian Runge

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Dave Jauss

David Patrick Jauss (born January 16, 1957) is an American professional baseball coach and scout who is currently on the Major League coaching staff of Pittsburgh Pirates' manager Clint Hurdle.

Jerry Lorenzo

Jerry Lorenzo (born October 5, 1976) is an American fashion and sneaker designer. He is the founder of the streetwear label Fear of God. He is also the son of former MLB player, coach, and manager Jerry Manuel.

Lorenzo created five custom looks for Justin Bieber to wear on stage during his Purpose World Tour. He also helped to design the tour merchandise. Celebrities such as Kanye West and Kendall Jenner are known fans of the brand. Lorenzo founded his signature label in 2012, although he had no fashion training and was unknown in the world of streetwear.

List of New York Mets managers

The New York Mets are a Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise based in New York City, New York in the borough of Queens. They play in the National League East division. In the history of the Mets there has been 21 managers. The duties of the team manager include team strategy and leadership on and off the field. Of those managers, only Joe Torre who was a player-manager (a manager who also plays for the team); Yogi Berra did however play four games while he was a coach in 1965.The Mets posted their franchise record for losses in their inaugural season in the league, with 120 losses in 160 games in 1962. This was the first of seven consecutive losing seasons, a season in which the winning percentage was below .500, and the most losses by a post-1900 MLB team. During this stretch from 1962 to 1968, the Mets employed four managers. Five managers have taken the Mets to the postseason; Davey Johnson, Bobby Valentine and Terry Collins have led the team to two playoff appearances each. Johnson and Gil Hodges are the only Mets managers to win a World Series: Hodges in 1969 against the Baltimore Orioles; and Johnson in 1986 against the Boston Red Sox. Terry Collins is the longest-tenured manager in franchise history, with 1,134 games of service over 7 seasons.The manager with the most wins and highest winning percentage over a full season or more is Johnson; his 595–417 record gives him a .588 winning percentage. Conversely, the worst winning percentage over a full season or more in franchise history is .302 by inaugural manager Casey Stengel, who posted a 175–404 record from 1962 to 1965.

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