Many MLB managers have roots in Midwest League

Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon notched his 500th major-league win today with a 1-0 victory over the Boston Red Sox. He managed the Peoria Chiefs when they were a California Angels affiliate in 1984. He also played in the Midwest League, hitting .294 in 50 games with the Quad City Angels in 1976.

Maddon isn’t the only major-league manager with a Midwest League past. Here are the others, listed alphabetically by team:

Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum played six games with the Beloit Brewers during a rehab stint in 1989. He went 2-for-15 with a double, two RBI, five walks and six strikeouts.

Cleveland Indians manager Manny Acta played 78 games with the Burlington Astros in 1991. He hit .257 with 2 HR and 35 RBI. He managed the Quad City River Bandits in 1997.

Colorado Rockies skipper Jim Tracy cut his managerial teeth with the Peoria Chiefs. He helmed the Chicago Cubs affiliate in 1987 and 1988. He was succeeded by Houston Astros manager Brad Mills, who helmed the Chiefs in 1989.

Detroit Tigers skipper Jim Leyland also got his start as a manager in the Midwest League. Leyland managed the Clinton Pilots, a Detroit Tigers affiliate, in 1972, 1973 and 1975. His son, Patrick Leyland, currently plays with the West Michigan Whitecaps.

Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost played with the Wausau Mets in 1975, hitting .192 with 6 HR and 27 RBI in 79 games.

Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia hit .253 with 7 HR, 44 RBI and 8 SB in 121 games with the Clinton Dodgers in 1977. His son, Matt Scioscia, currently plays with the Cedar Rapids Kernels.

Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly didn’t play or manage in the Midwest League, but his son, Preston Mattingly, played with the Great Lakes Loons in 2007, 2008 and 2011.

Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke was a teammate of Mike Scioscia on the 1977 Clinton Dodgers. He hit .256 with 5 HR, 25 RBI and 14 SB in 76 games.

Minnesota Twins skipper Ron Gardenhire’s first job as a manager was in the Midwest League, where he helmed the Kenosha Twins in 1988.

New York Mets manager Terry Collins didn’t play or manage in the Midwest League, but he was born in Midland, Michigan, home of the Great Lakes Loons.

New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi played for his hometown Peoria Chiefs in 1986 when the team was a Chicago Cubs affiliate. He hit .309 with 3 HR, 28 RBI and 6 SB. He played three more games with the Chiefs when the team was a St. Louis Cardinals affiliate in 2003. During that rehab stint he went 1-for-9 with a RBI and two strikeouts.

Philadelphia Phillies skipper Charlie Manuel has roots in the Midwest League through the Wisconsin Rapids Twins as both a player and a manager. He hit .313 in 111 games with the 1967 team and got his start as a manager with the 1983 team.

Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle hit .235 in 127 games with the 1976 Waterloo Royals.

San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy hit .243 in 30 games with the 1976 Dubuque Packers, a Houston Astros affiliate.

Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge didn’t play or manage in the Midwest League, but he was born in Fort Wayne, home of the TinCaps.

St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny played in two games with the Beloit Snappers in 1998. He went 2-for-8 with a double, two RBI, a walk and three strikeouts.

Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington played for the Waterloo Royals in 1972 and 1973, when he hit .228 in 76 games and .277 in 85 games, respectively.

Toronto Blue Jays manager John Farrell pitched in 9 games for the Waterloo Indians in 1984. He went 0-5 with a 6.44 ERA, 29 strikeouts and 33 walks in 43.1 IP.

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