Manny Trillo

Jesús Manuel Marcano Trillo (born December 25, 1950), also nicknamed "Indio", is a Venezuelan former professional baseball second baseman, who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Oakland Athletics (19731974), Chicago Cubs (19751978, 19861988), Philadelphia Phillies ((19791982), Cleveland Indians (1983), Montreal Expos (1983), San Francisco Giants (19841985), and Cincinnati Reds (1989).[1] A four-time All-Star, he was the Phillies' starting second baseman when the franchise won its first-ever World Series Championship in 1980. He was known as one of the best fielding second basemen of his era, with a strong throwing arm.[2]

Manny Trillo
Manny Trillo
Trillo playing for the Cubs in 1988
Second baseman
Born: December 25, 1950 (age 68)
Caripito, Venezuela
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
June 28, 1973, for the Oakland Athletics
Last MLB appearance
May 20, 1989, for the Cincinnati Reds
MLB statistics
Batting average.263
Home runs61
Runs batted in571
Career highlights and awards

Major league career

Originally signed as a catcher by the Philadelphia Phillies in 1968, Trillo was converted into a third baseman by his first minor league manager, Dallas Green.[2][3] In 1969, he was selected by the Oakland Athletics from the Phillies in the Rule 5 draft. Trillo was converted into a second baseman in 1973 while playing for the Athletics' Triple A team, the Tucson Toros.[2] He made his Major League debut at the age of 22 with Oakland on June 28, 1973 and stayed with the club as the Athletics won the American League Western Division pennant by six games over the Kansas City Royals.[4][5]

Trillo was involved in a pair of controversies about his roster eligibility for the 1973 World Series. MLB strictly enforced a rule that only players on a major league roster on August 31 were eligible for the postseason. After José Morales' contract was sold to the Montreal Expos on September 18 and Bill North severely sprained an ankle, the A's petitioned for and received approval from the Baltimore Orioles to allow the additions of both Trillo and Allan Lewis to its roster for the American League Championship Series. A's owner Charlie Finley submitted the same request to the New York Mets, his team's Fall Classic opponent which only approved Lewis but denied Trillo his eligibility.[6] When Mike Andrews committed two errors in a four-run twelfth inning of Oakland's Game 2 defeat,[7] Finley attempted to have Andrews waived onto the disabled list in order to activate Trillo.[2] Commissioner Bowie Kuhn ruled against Finley who was forced to reinstate Andrews for Game 4.[2]

In April 1974, Trillo played 12 games for the Athletics before being sent back to the minor league Tucson Toros.[1] He was eventually brought back to the major leagues in September. He appeared in one game of the 1974 American League Championship Series against the Baltimore Orioles, but didn't make any further appearances as the Athletics defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1974 World Series.[8]

On October 23, 1974, Trillo was traded along with Darold Knowles and Bob Locker to the Chicago Cubs for Billy Williams.[9]Trillo would finish third in the 1975 National League Rookie of the Year Award balloting.[10] With the Cubs, Trillo developed a reputation for being one of the best fielding second basemen in baseball, earning his first All-Star selection in 1977.[1][11] Together with Cubs' shortstop Iván DeJesús, he formed one of the best double play combinations in baseball.[12] He remained with the Cubs for four seasons before being traded to the Philadelphia Phillies on February 23, 1979 as part of an eight-player trade.[13] Later that season, Trillo was reunited with his former minor league manager, Dallas Green, who had replaced Danny Ozark as the Phillies' manager. Trillo would win his first Gold Glove Award in 1979.[14]

Trillo was an integral member of the 1980 world champion Phillies, adding solid defense, while hitting for over a .300 batting average until the middle of September, finishing the season with a career-high .292 average.[15][16][17] He won the 1980 Silver Slugger Award for second basemen which, is awarded annually to the best offensive player at each position.[18] In the 1980 National League Championship Series against the Houston Astros, he posted a .381 batting average with four runs batted in, and teamed up with Bake McBride in the decisive Game 5 to relay a throw to home plate, cutting off Luis Pujols attempting to score from first base on a double by Craig Reynolds.[19][20][21] Trillo's performance earned him the League Championship Series Most Valuable Player Award.[22]

In the 1980 World Series against the Kansas City Royals, Trillo once again made his mark in Game 5 by making another relay throw to cut off Darrell Porter trying to score in the sixth inning.[23] He then hit a single with two outs in the ninth inning to drive home the winning run.[23] The Phillies went on to win Game 6 and claimed the first world championship in the team's history.[21][24]

1981 would be another good year for Trillo as he was selected as a reserve for the National League All-Star team, and won his second Gold Glove Award and his second consecutive Silver Slugger Award. He was voted to be the starting second baseman for the National League in the 1982 All-Star Game and, set a since-broken major league record for consecutive errorless chances at second base (479), falling two games short of Joe Morgan's record 91-game errorless streak.[25][26][27]

On December 9, 1982, Trillo was traded to the Cleveland Indians in a multi-player deal.[13] In 1983, he made his second consecutive start as the All-Star second baseman, this time for the American League.[1] Trillo would also win his third and final Gold Glove Award in 1983.[1] He would spend the next six seasons with several teams, serving as a utility player before ending his career at the age of 38 with the Cincinnati Reds in 1989.[1]

Career statistics

1985 Mother's Cookies - Manny Trillo
Trillo batting for the Giants in 1985

In a seventeen-year major league career, Trillo played in 1,780 games, accumulating 1,562 hits in 5,950 at bats for a .263 career batting average along with 61 home runs and 571 runs batted in.[1] He ended his career with a .981 fielding percentage.[1] A four-time All-Star, Trillo was a three-time Gold Glove winner and a two-time Silver Slugger Award winner.[1][28][29] He led National League second basemen four times in assists, three times in range factor and twice in putouts.[1]

In 2007, Trillo was inducted into the Venezuelan Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.[30]

1,780 5,950 1,562 239 33 61 598 571 452   35 742 88 49 34 .263 .316 .345 .981

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Manny Trillo at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ a b c d e "Manny Trillo: He's Unsung But Not Under-rated!", by Jayson Stark, Baseball Digest, June 1981, Vol. 40, No. 6, ISSN 0005-609X
  3. ^ How The Phils Let Trillo Get Away, by Ritchie Ashburn, Baseball Digest, April 1978, Vol. 37, No. 4, ISSN 0005-609X
  4. ^ 1973 American League standings at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ 1973 American League Championship Series at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ Dickey, Glenn. Champions: The Story of the First Two Oakland A's Dynasties – And the Building of the Third. Chicago, IL: Triumph Books, 2013. Retrieved July 28, 2018
  7. ^ 1973 World Series Game 2 box score at Baseball Reference
  8. ^ 1974 World Series at Baseball Reference
  9. ^ A's get Billy Williams in trade with Chicago
  10. ^ 1975 Rookie of the Year Award voting results at Baseball Reference
  11. ^ The Cubs' New Latin Connection, by George Vass, Baseball Digest, August 1977, Vol. 36, No. 8, ISSN 0005-609X
  12. ^ Baseball Digest, February 1981, Vol. 40, No. 2, ISSN 0005-609X
  13. ^ a b Manny Trillo Trades and Transactions at Baseball Almanac
  14. ^ National League Gold Glove Award winners at Baseball Reference
  15. ^ Manny Trillo 1980 Batting Log at Baseball Reference
  16. ^ "He's The Phillies Fillip", by Bruce Newman, Sports Illustrated, May 28, 1979
  17. ^ "He's Hot, But Not A Hot Dog", by Anthony Cotton, Sports Illustrated, September 8, 1980
  18. ^ 1980 National League Silver Slugger Award winners at Baseball Reference
  19. ^ 1980 NLCS Game 5 box score at Baseball Reference
  20. ^ 1980 NLCS at Baseball Reference
  21. ^ a b "Phillies Capture Club's First World Series Title", by Joe O'Loughlin, Baseball Digest, October 2000, Vol. 59, No. 10, ISSN 0005-609X
  22. ^ NLCS MVP Award winners at Baseball Reference
  23. ^ a b 1980 World Series Game 5 box score at Baseball Reference
  24. ^ 1980 World Series at Baseball Reference
  25. ^ "The Game I'll Never Forget", by Manny Trillo as told to George Vass, Baseball Digest, September 1986, Vol. 45, No. 9, ISSN 0005-609X
  26. ^ 1982 Gold Glove Award winners at Baseball Reference
  27. ^ Archived 2008-02-13 at the Wayback Machine
  28. ^ Manny Trillo at Baseball Almanac
  29. ^ Manny Trillo at Baseball Cube
  30. ^ Archived 2009-09-04 at the Wayback Machine

External links

1970 Oakland Athletics season

The 1970 Oakland Athletics season involved the A's finishing second in the American League West with a record of 89 wins and 73 losses. In 1970, owner Charlie Finley officially changed the team name from the Athletics to the "A's". An "apostrophe-s" was added to the cap and uniform emblem to reflect that fact.

1973 Oakland Athletics season

The 1973 Oakland Athletics season involved the A's winning their third consecutive American League West title with a record of 94 wins and 68 losses. The A's went on to defeat the Baltimore Orioles in the ALCS for their second straight AL Championship, and won the World Series in seven games over the New York Mets to take their second consecutive World Championship.

1975 Chicago Cubs season

The 1975 Chicago Cubs season was the 104th season of the Chicago Cubs franchise, the 100th in the National League and the 60th at Wrigley Field. The Cubs finished fifth in the National League East with a record of 75–87.

1977 Chicago Cubs season

The 1977 Chicago Cubs season was the 106th season of the Chicago Cubs franchise, the 102nd in the National League and the 62nd at Wrigley Field. The Cubs finished fourth in the National League East with a record of 81–81, 20 games behind the Philadelphia Phillies.

1979 Chicago Cubs season

The 1979 Chicago Cubs season was the 108th season of the Chicago Cubs franchise, the 104th in the National League and the 64th at Wrigley Field, and the first to be beamed via satellite and cable television to viewers all over the United States on WGN Television, thanks to a postseason decision by the company management to uplink its broadcast signals via satellite with the help of Oklahoma-based United Video Satellite Group, making them the pioneer superstation in the country's midwest and the Cubs games of that season the third superstation baseball broadcasts live via satellite relay after the Braves and the Yankees.It was the first season of over 40 to be broadcast all over the county, slowly making the team a national brand. The Cubs finished fifth in the National League East with a record of 80–82.

1979 Philadelphia Phillies season

The 1979 Philadelphia Phillies season was a season in American baseball. The team finished fourth in the National League East, 14 games behind the first-place Pittsburgh Pirates.

1980 National League Championship Series

The 1980 National League Championship Series was played between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Houston Astros from October 7 to 12. Philadelphia won the series three games to two to advance to the World Series, eventually defeating the Kansas City Royals for their first World Championship. The 1980 NLCS is widely regarded as one of the most exciting postseason series in baseball history. The last four games went into extra innings; Game 1, the only one that went 9 innings, ended in a 3–1 Philadelphia victory.

1982 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 1982 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 53rd midseason exhibition between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and the National League (NL), the two leagues comprising Major League Baseball. The game was played on July 13, 1982, at Olympic Stadium in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, home of the Montreal Expos of the National League. The game resulted in a 4–1 victory for the NL, and Cincinnati Reds shortstop Dave Concepción was named the MVP.

It is notable for being the first All-Star Game ever played outside the United States. This would be the only All-Star Game to be played in Montréal, as the Expos would leave in 2005 to become the Washington Nationals before having an opportunity to host another. Four members of the Expos were voted into the starting lineup. The flyover at the conclusion of the National Anthems was done for the first time by a national air squadron other than those from the United States Air Force or Air National Guard as the Snowbirds from the Canadian Forces Air Command flew over Olympic Stadium, marking the first of their two All-Star appearances; they would perform the flyover for the 1991 Major League Baseball All-Star Game in Toronto nine years later. It is also the last All-Star Game in which the manager of the runner-up for any league pennant managed in place of the manager of the defending league champions due to the latter's unemployment; Billy Martin of the Oakland Athletics managed in place of Bob Lemon, who had been fired by the New York Yankees, Martin's former team.

1983 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 1983 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 54th playing of the midsummer classic between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and National League (NL), the two leagues comprising Major League Baseball. The game was held on Wednesday, July 6, 1983, at Comiskey Park in Chicago, Illinois, the home of the Chicago White Sox of the American League. The game resulted in the American League defeating the National League 13-3. The game celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of the All-Star Game, and occurred exactly 50 years to the date of the first All-Star game. This was the 54th game as no game was held in 1945, and two were held each year from 1959 through 1962.

This was the fifth All-Star Game to be played in Chicago, and the third to be hosted by the White Sox at Comiskey Park (the other two being hosted by the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field). This would be the last time that the All-Star Game would be hosted in the stadium where the annual exhibition began. When the White Sox next hosted the All-Star Game in 2003, they had moved across the street to their new home at U.S. Cellular Field.

The game was the first American League win since 1971, and only their second win since 1963. The 13 runs scored by the American League set a new record for one team in All-Star Game history. The ten-run margin of victory was the largest since the 12-0 American League victory in 1946.

The game is perhaps best remembered for Fred Lynn's third inning grand slam. As of the 2018 All Star Game, it is still the only grand slam in the history of the Midsummer Classic.

Prior to the start of the game, Chuck Mangione played the Canadian National Anthem, while the Oak Ridge Boys sang the United States National Anthem. The colors presentation was by the Great Lakes Naval Training Center Color Guard, which previously presented the colors at the 1947, 1950 and 1963 All-Star Games and would do the honors again in 1990 and 2003.

In 1983, there was an "Old Timer's Game," played the day before the actual All-Star game.

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.

1984 San Francisco Giants season

The 1984 San Francisco Giants season was the Giants' 102nd season in Major League Baseball, their 27th season in San Francisco since their move from New York following the 1957 season, and their 25th at Candlestick Park. The team finished in sixth place in the National League West with a 66-96 record, 26 games behind the San Diego Padres.

1985 San Francisco Giants season

The 1985 San Francisco Giants season was the Giants' 103rd season in Major League Baseball, their 28th season in San Francisco since their move from New York following the 1957 season, and their 26th at Candlestick Park. It resulted in the team finishing in sixth place in the NL West Division with a record of 62 wins and franchise-record 100 losses. This was the first, and as of 2017, the only time in the history of the franchise that they reached the triple-digit mark in losses. It is also the highest number of games they have lost in a season, as well. The Giants were managed by Jim Davenport, who was dismissed on September 18, after compiling a dismal 56-88 record, and Roger Craig, who guided the team to a 6-12 mark during the final 2½ weeks of the season. They finished 33 games behind the division champion and main rival, the Los Angeles Dodgers.

1986 Chicago Cubs season

The 1986 Chicago Cubs season was the 115th season of the Chicago Cubs franchise, the 111th in the National League and the 71st at Wrigley Field. The Cubs finished fifth in the National League East with a record of 70–90.

1986 San Francisco Giants season

The 1986 San Francisco Giants season was the Giants' 104th season in Major League Baseball, their 29th season in San Francisco since their move from New York following the 1957 season, and their 27th at Candlestick Park. The team finished in third place in the National League West with an 83-79 record, 13 games behind the Houston Astros.

1989 Cincinnati Reds season

The Cincinnati Reds' 1989 season consisted of the Cincinnati Reds attempting to win the National League West for the first time since 1979. The season was defined by allegations of gambling by Pete Rose. Before the end of the season, Rose was banned from baseball by commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti.

George Vukovich

George Stephen Vukovich (June 24, 1956) is a former right fielder in Major League Baseball who played for the Philadelphia Phillies and Cleveland Indians in all or part of six seasons from 1980–1985. Listed at 6' 0" (1.83 m), 198 lb. (90 kg), Vukovich batted left handed and threw right handed. He was born in Chicago.

Vukovich attended college at Southern Illinois University, where he was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity. The Phillies selected him in the fourth round of the 1977 MLB draft out of SIU.

Vukovich made his major league debut with the Phillies in 1980, appearing as a pinch hitter in a game against the Montreal Expos. He received a World Series ring in his rookie season, even though he did not play in the Series.

In 1981, Vukovich hit a game-winning home run against the Montreal Expos in Game 4 of the National League Division Series. It remains the only walk-off home run in Phillies playoff history.

In December 1982, Vukovich was sent along with Jay Baller, Julio Franco, Manny Trillo and Jerry Willard to the Indians in the same transaction that brought Von Hayes to Philadelphia. Afterwards, he played two seasons in Japan for the Seibu Lions from 1986 to 1987.

In between, Vukovich played winter ball with the Águilas del Zulia of the Venezuelan League during three seasons spanning 1979–1982. He later made a brief appearance for the Daytona Beach Explorers of the Senior Professional Baseball Association in 1991.

Second baseman

In baseball and softball, second baseman is a fielding position in the infield, between second and first base. The second baseman often possesses quick hands and feet, needs the ability to get rid of the ball quickly, and must be able to make the pivot on a double play. In addition, second basemen are usually right-handed; only four left-handed throwing players have ever played second base in Major League Baseball since 1950. In the numbering system used to record defensive plays, the second baseman is assigned the number 4.

Good second basemen need to have very good range since they have to field balls closer to the first baseman who is often holding runners on, or moving towards the base to cover. On a batted ball to right field, the second baseman goes out towards the ball for the relay. Due to these requirements, second base is sometimes a primarily defensive position in the modern game, but there are hitting stars as well.

Von Hayes

Von Francis Hayes (born August 31, 1958), is an American former professional baseball player whose Major League Baseball (MLB) career spanned from 1981 to 1992 for the Cleveland Indians, Philadelphia Phillies, and California Angels. Hayes was originally acquired by the Phillies in a "five-for-one" trade with the Indians, in exchange for Manny Trillo, George Vukovich, Jay Baller, Jerry Willard, and Julio Franco.


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