Tom Trebelhorn

Thomas Lynn Trebelhorn (born January 27, 1948) is a former manager in Major League Baseball for the Milwaukee Brewers (1986–91) and Chicago Cubs (1994). He was the manager of the Class A Salem-Keizer Volcanoes from 2008 to 2012.

Tom Trebelhorn
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Tom Trebelhorn in 2006
Born: January 27, 1948 (age 71)
Portland, Oregon
MLB debut
September, 1986, for the Milwaukee Brewers
As Manager

Personal life

Trebelhorn was born in Portland, Oregon. Trebelhorn is married to former Summerfest director and Milwaukee mainstay Bo Black.

Playing career

Trebelhorn was drafted in the sixth round of the 1970 Major League Baseball draft by the Bend Rainbows, a newly formed short-season Class A team independently owned by the Hawaii Islanders, a AAA club that was itself affiliated with the California Angels.[1][2] He spent five years as a minor league catcher and infielder for the Islanders (and by extension their affiliates the Angels and, later, San Diego Padres) and Oakland Athletics organizations.

Managerial career


After his playing career ended, he served in several managerial and coaching stints in the minor league organizations of the Oakland Athletics, Cleveland Indians, and Pittsburgh Pirates before being named as the first base coach of the Milwaukee Brewers in 1984. In 1975 & 1976, he managed the Boise A's in the Oakland Athletics' Minor League Organization, and it was during this stint (1976) he was instrumental in teaching future Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson the intricacies of base stealing, based on remarks made by Henderson at his induction ceremony to the 'Hall' on July 27, 2009.

He was named manager of the Brewers' top farm team, the Vancouver Canadians of the Pacific Coast League, in 1985, whom he guided to the league title. The following year saw him back in the majors as the club's third base coach. He was awarded the Brewers' managerial position after the retirement of George Bamberger with nine games remaining in the 1986 season. The following year, his first full season as manager in the major leagues, saw the Brewers begin by winning their first 13 games on their way to a strong third place finish, a great improvement over recent seasons which garnered him Manager of the Year awards from Baseball America and Sports Illustrated. Subsequent years were not as good, however, and he was fired after the 1991 campaign.

Trebelhorn was named bench coach of the Chicago Cubs in 1992. He was promoted to manager in 1994, but was fired following a last-place finish. While Trebelhorn's tenure as Cubs manager was short, it was memorable. Following a slow start in which the Cubs failed to win their first 10 home games, Trebelhorn promised reporters that if the Cubs lost the next game, he'd answer questions from fans in front of the firehouse across Waveland Avenue from Wrigley Field. True to form, the Cubs lost the next game. True to his word, Trebelhorn marched across the street shortly after the game and held court. "OK, what do you guys want to know?" he said.

In 1995, he returned to the minor leagues as the first manager of the Tri-City Posse of the newly formed Western Baseball League, directing the club to the league finals.

Following this, he was hired to be the minor league coordinator of instruction for the Baltimore Orioles, his first front office position. He served in this role for three years, and afterwards as the Orioles' director of player development and director of organizational instruction for one year each.

In 2001, Trebelhorn was promoted to be the Orioles' third base coach. Midway through the 2005 season, he was transferred to the position of bench coach, taking over the role from Sam Perlozzo, who was named interim manager. In 2006, Trebelhorn returned to his former position of third base coach. For the 2007 season, he once again took over as the Orioles' bench coach. He was fired at the end of the 2007 season.[3]

Return to minors

He took on the role of manager again in 2008 for the Class A Salem-Keizer Volcanoes,[4] a position in which he served through the 2012 season.

In 2009, Trebelhorn was selected by the Italian national team to be a coach for the 2009 World Baseball Classic.[5]

Managerial record

Team From To Regular season record Post–season record
W L Win % W L Win %
Milwaukee Brewers 1986 1991 422 397 .515
Chicago Cubs 1994 1994 49 64 .434
Total 471 461 .505 0 0


  1. ^ Weiss, Bill and Marshall Wright. "Top 100 Teams: 38. 1970 Hawaii Islanders". Retrieved December 27, 2012.
  2. ^ Callis, Jim (September 12, 2011). "Ask BA". Baseball America. Retrieved December 27, 2012.
  3. ^ Ginsburg, David (September 30, 2007). "Orioles dismiss Trebelhorn as bench coach aftter (sic) 12 years with the organization". USA Today. Retrieved December 27, 2012.
  4. ^ Jaynes, Dwight (June 13, 2008). "Tom Trebelhorn excited about return to Northwest League". Portland Tribune. Archived from the original on February 22, 2013. Retrieved December 27, 2012.
  5. ^ "Volcanoes' Trebelhorn to coach for Italy". January 6, 2009. Retrieved December 27, 2012.
  6. ^ "Tom Trebelhorn". Baseball Reference. Sports Reference. Retrieved October 1, 2015.

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Preceded by
Doug Rader
Hawaii Islanders Manager
Succeeded by
Tommy Sandt
Preceded by
Ron Hansen
Milwaukee Brewers First Base Coach
Succeeded by
Andy Etchebarren
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Tony Muser
Vancouver Canadians Manager
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Terry Bevington
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George Bamberger
Milwaukee Brewers Manager
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Phil Garner
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Joe Altobelli
Chicago Cubs Bench Coach
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Jim Riggleman
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Jim Lefebvre
Chicago Cubs Manager
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Jim Riggleman
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Tommy Shields
Delmarva Shorebirds Manager
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Dave Machemer
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Sam Perlozzo
Baltimore Orioles Third Base Coach
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Rick Dempsey
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Sam Perlozzo
Baltimore Orioles Bench Coach
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Lee Elia
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Sam Perlozzo
Baltimore Orioles Third Base Coach
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Juan Samuel
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Lee Elia
Baltimore Orioles Bench Coach
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Dave Jauss
1986 Milwaukee Brewers season

The Milwaukee Brewers' 1986 season involved the Brewers' finishing 6th in the American League East with a record of 77 wins and 84 losses.

1987 Milwaukee Brewers season

The 1987 Milwaukee Brewers season featured the team finish in third place in the American League East, with a record of 91 wins and 71 losses. The team began the season at a red-hot pace, winning their first 13 games under first-year manager Tom Trebelhorn. Other highlights included Paul Molitor capturing the imaginations of Milwaukee fans with a 39-game hitting streak and Juan Nieves tossing the first and only no-hitter in Brewers history on April 15 with a 7-0 blanking of the Baltimore Orioles.

1988 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 1988 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 59th playing of the "Midsummer Classic" between Major League Baseball's American League (AL) and National League All-Star teams. The All-Star Game was held on July 12, 1988, at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio, the home of the NL's Cincinnati Reds.

The game resulted in the AL defeating the NL 2-1. Terry Steinbach, a catcher for the AL's Oakland Athletics, won the All-Star game's most valuable player award. Steinbach was credited with both of the AL's two runs in the game. Frank Viola of the Minnesota Twins was the winning pitcher.

1988 Milwaukee Brewers season

The 1988 Milwaukee Brewers season involved the Brewers finishing 3rd in the American League East with a record of 87 wins and 75 losses.

1989 Milwaukee Brewers season

The Milwaukee Brewers' 1989 season involved the Brewers' finishing 4th in the American League East with a record of 81 wins and 81 losses. The Brewers led MLB with 165 stolen bases.

1990 Milwaukee Brewers season

The Milwaukee Brewers' 1990 season involved the Brewers' finishing 6th in the American League East with a record of 74 wins and 88 losses.

1991 Milwaukee Brewers season

The 1991 Milwaukee Brewers season involved the Brewers' finishing 4th in the American League East with a record of 83 wins and 79 losses.

1992 Chicago Cubs season

The 1992 Chicago Cubs season was the 121st season of the Chicago Cubs franchise, the 117th in the National League and the 77th at Wrigley Field. The Cubs finished fourth in the National League East with a record of 78–84.

1994 Chicago Cubs season

The 1994 Chicago Cubs season was the 123rd season of the Chicago Cubs franchise, the 119th in the National League and the 79th at Wrigley Field. The Cubs finished the shortened season fifth and last in the National League Central with a record of 49–64.

One of the highlights of the season was Karl "Tuffy" Rhodes hitting three home runs on Opening Day - all off Dwight Gooden of the New York Mets. The Cubs still lost the game 12-8. Rhodes would only hit five more homers that season and the Cubs would set a record by losing their first 12 home games.

2004 Baltimore Orioles season

The 2004 Baltimore Orioles season involved the Orioles finishing 3rd in the American League East with a record of 78 wins and 84 losses. The team led Major League Baseball in at bats (5,736) and hits (1,614).

2006 Baltimore Orioles season

The 2006 Baltimore Orioles season involved the Orioles finishing 4th in the American League East with a record of 70 wins and 92 losses.

Boise Hawks

The Boise Hawks are a minor league baseball team in the western United States, located in Boise, Idaho. The team is currently a farm team for the Colorado Rockies and play in the Class A-Short Season Northwest League.

Gary Sheffield

Gary Antonian Sheffield (born November 18, 1968) is an American former Major League Baseball outfielder who played with eight teams from 1988 to 2009. He currently works as a sports agent.

For most of his career, Sheffield played right field, though he has also played left field, third base, shortstop, and a handful of games at first base. He played for the Milwaukee Brewers, San Diego Padres, Florida Marlins, Los Angeles Dodgers, Atlanta Braves, New York Yankees, Detroit Tigers, and the New York Mets. Sheffield was a first-round pick of the Brewers, who selected him sixth overall in the 1986 amateur draft after a standout prep career at Hillsborough High School in Tampa, Florida. He bats and throws right-handed.

Sheffield hit his 500th home run on April 17, 2009. As of his last game, Sheffield ranked second among all active players in walks (1,475), third in runs (1,636), fourth in RBIs (1,676), fifth in hits (2,689) and home runs (509), and sixth in hit by pitches (135).

Sheffield's batting swing was an exemplary mix of savage speed and pinpoint control. Despite his high home run total, Sheffield only topped 80 strikeouts twice in 22 seasons, while finishing his career among the all-time top 20 walks leaders. Because of his combination of skill, sportswriter Joe Posnanski wrote, "I can't imagine there has ever been a scarier hitter to face." His first manager Tom Trebelhorn said, "Gary can turn on a 38-caliber bullet.”He is the nephew of Dwight Gooden. After retirement, he started to work as an agent. His clients include former reliever Jason Grilli.Sheffield is alleged by the Mitchell Report, and has been implicated in the 2004 BALCO scandal, with respect to the use of performance enhancing drugs during his MLB career.

Lee Elia

Lee Constantine Elia (born July 16, 1937) is an American former professional baseball infielder, who played only sparingly in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Chicago White Sox (1966) and Chicago Cubs (1968). Following his playing career, he managed the Cubs (from 1982 to 1983) and Philadelphia Phillies (from 1987 to 1988), then served as a coach for the Phillies, New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Baltimore Orioles, and Seattle Mariners. Elia was hired by the Atlanta Braves as a special assistant to general manager Frank Wren in November, 2010.

List of Milwaukee Brewers managers

The Milwaukee Brewers Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise of the National League has employed 19 managers and 9 general managers (GMs) during its 50 seasons of play. Established in Seattle, Washington as the Seattle Pilots in 1969, the team became the Milwaukee Brewers after relocating to Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1970. The franchise played in the American League until 1998, when it moved to the National League as a part of MLB's realignment plan. The duties of the team manager include team strategy and leadership on and off the field. In contrast, the general manager controls player transactions, hiring and firing of the coaching staff, and negotiates with players and agents regarding contracts.

The team's first manager, Joe Schultz, stayed with the Pilots for the entire 1969 season, but was released before the move to Milwaukee. Buck Rodgers managed the team in 1981 when the Brewers won the American League second-half East Division title. Due to the 1981 Major League Baseball strike, the season was split into two halves. The winners of each half met in the league division series. Rodgers and Harvey Kuenn managed the Brewers in 1982, leading them to win the American League pennant. Rodgers managed the team's first 47 games of the season before being fired and replaced by Kuenn. In 2008, Ned Yost and Dale Sveum, who took over for the fired Yost for the team's last 12 regular season games, led the team to win the National League wild card. Ken Macha managed the club for the 2009 and 2010 seasons but failed to lead the team to the playoffs. It was announced after the completion of the 2010 season that Macha's 2011 option would not be picked up. Ron Roenicke was hired to replace Macha for the 2011 season. Roenicke led the team to a franchise-best 96 wins during the 2011 season in addition to the Brewers' first NL Central title ever and first playoff series win since 1982. On May 3, 2015, they fired manager Roenicke after a dismal 7-18 start to the season. The following day, Craig Counsell was named the 19th manager in team history. Counsell had worked in the Brewer's front office since 2012.Phil Garner won 563 games from 1992 to 1999, giving him more wins than any other manager in franchise history. Having managed the team for 1,180 games, he is also the longest-tenured manager in team history. Harvey Kuenn's .576 winning percentage is the highest of all Brewers managers who have managed the team for more than one full season. Conversely, the lowest winning percentage over a season or more is .395, by the team's first manager, Joe Schultz. These records are correct as of the end of the 2018 season.

Sam Perlozzo

Samuel Benedict Perlozzo (born March 4, 1951) is a former second baseman and manager in Major League Baseball, most recently with the Baltimore Orioles.

Tony Muser

Anthony Joseph Muser (; born August 1, 1947) is currently a roving instructor in the San Diego Padres organization. From 1997 until 2002, Muser served as the manager of the Kansas City Royals. After being replaced by John Mizerock, Muser spent four seasons as the bench coach for the San Diego Padres under Bruce Bochy.

Milwaukee Brewers managers

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