Gary Tuck
Gary Tuck.jpg
Tuck during spring training in 2007
Catcher / Coach / Manager
Born: (1954-09-06) September 6, 1954 (age 67)
Amsterdam, New York
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
As Coach
Career highlights and awards

Gary Robert Tuck (born September 6, 1954) is an American former professional baseball player, coach, and manager. He played one game in Minor League Baseball as a catcher in 1978. He has coached in the minor leagues and in Major League Baseball for the New York Yankees, Florida Marlins, and Boston Red Sox.

Early life

Tuck was born in Amsterdam, New York, and graduated from Indiana University.[1] Tuck has 23 years of professional coaching experience. He started his baseball career as a catcher for the Montreal Expos organization and played for them during three minor league seasons. Following his playing retirement, he served as an assistant coach at the University of Notre Dame in 1980, and Arizona State University in 1981.

Minor league career

After winning an NCAA championship with Arizona State, Tuck was hired to coach for the nearby Tucson Toros, a Minor League affiliate of the Houston Astros. Tuck spent eight years in the Astros organization. In 1986, he managed the Double-A Columbus Astros to a league championship,[2] winning Southern League Manager of the Year honors.[3]

By 1989, Tuck was a coach on the New York Yankees Triple-A team, the Columbus Clippers. In 1991, he was the manager of the Watertown Indians, the Single-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians,[4] a job he held before switching to a Scout for the Indians from 1992 to 1995.

Tuck rejoined the Yankees in 1996 as the manager of the Single-A Oneonta Yankees, where he spent the next two seasons.[5]

Major league career

New York Yankees (1990, 1997–99, 2003–04)

With the Yankees, Tuck served as the bullpen coach for the start of the 1990 season under manager Bucky Dent. Tuck, along with Dent, hitting coach Champ Summers and third base coach Joe Sparks, were all fired by the Yankees on June 7, 1990 after an 18-32 start to the season.[6]

Tuck worked with Jorge Posada as a young player, and prepped him to eventually take over for starting catcher Joe Girardi. Posada's workload increased from 60 games in 1997 to 111 and 112 the next two seasons.[7] He eventually took over the starting role in 2000.

Tuck won World Series rings as the team catching instructor in 1998 and 1999.[8] He was not retained following the 1999 season.

Tuck returned to the Yankees prior to the 2003 season and spent the next two years as catching instructor.[8] The team defeated the Red Sox in the 2003 American League Championship Series, and lost to them in the 2004 American League Championship Series.[9]

He spent the 2005 season out of baseball.

Florida Marlins (2006)

In 2006, Joe Girardi was hired as the Marlins manager, and he hired Tuck as his bench coach.[10] He was known for writing the lineup card in calligraphy.[11] Girardi was fired following the season despite winning Manager of the Year.

Boston Red Sox (2007–12)

In November 2006, the Boston Red Sox hired Tuck as their new bullpen coach.[1][9] He joined pitching coach John Farrell and hitting coach Dave Magadan as new members of the Red Sox coaching staff for the 2007 season. He earned another World Series ring as a member of Boston's 2007 championship team. Tuck also served as an organization-wide catching instructor during spring training.[1] The Red Sox won the 2007 World Series with Tuck on the coaching staff. In his final season, he was noted for clashing with manager Bobby Valentine.[12]

On January 29, 2013, he notified the Red Sox that he intended to retire effective immediately, ending his six-year tenure with the team.[13] He spent the 2013 season out of baseball.

Return to New York (2014–2015)

Tuck rejoined the Yankees as their bullpen coach during the 2013–14 offseason.[14] The team moved from the ninth best bullpen in 2013, to eighth best under Tuck.[15][16] Despite the bullpen's success, the Yankees missed the postseason for their second consecutive year. Following the 2015 season, Tuck was let go by the Yankees.[17]


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  3. ^ "Manager of the Year | Double-A South Content". Minor League Baseball. May 19, 2007. Retrieved March 24, 2020.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
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  5. ^ "Gary Tuck Minor Leagues Statistics & History". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference. Retrieved March 24, 2020.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ Kay, Michael (June 7, 1990). "Surprise! Yankees fire Dent". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved June 16, 2021.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. ^ "Jorge Posada Stats". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference. Retrieved March 24, 2020.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. ^ a b "Manager and Coaches | Team". Boston Red Sox. Archived from the original on May 9, 2012. Retrieved December 5, 2013.
  9. ^ a b "Red Sox appoint Gary Tuck as bullpen coach on Major League staff". Boston Red Sox. November 13, 2006. Archived from the original on December 24, 2013. Retrieved January 17, 2015.
  10. ^ "Longtime Orioles catcher, coach dies". Greensboro News and Record. December 21, 2005. Retrieved February 5, 2021.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. ^ Hruby, Patrick. " Page 2 : More laughter, more tears". ESPN. Retrieved February 5, 2021.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  12. ^ Abraham, Peter (October 4, 2012). "Bobby Valentine says Red Sox coaches were disloyal |". Archived from the original on October 6, 2012. Retrieved February 5, 2021.
  13. ^ Loiselle, Mark (January 29, 2013). "Report: Red Sox' Longtime Bullpen Coach Gary Tuck Retires | Boston Red Sox". NESN. Retrieved December 5, 2013.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  14. ^ Jennings, Chad (December 20, 2013). "Yankees announce Tuck as new bullpen coach". LoHud Yankees Blog. Archived from the original on September 21, 2016. Retrieved February 5, 2021.
  15. ^ "2013 MLB Team Pitching Stats - Major League Baseball - ESPN". ESPN. Archived from the original on March 24, 2020.
  16. ^ "2019 MLB Team Pitching Stats - Major League Baseball - ESPN". ESPN.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  17. ^ Mearns, Andrew (October 18, 2015). "Yankees fire hitting coach Jeff Pentland and bullpen coach Gary Tuck". Pinstripe Alley. Retrieved February 5, 2021.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)

Sporting positions
Preceded by Columbus Astros manager
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Keith Bodie
Auburn Astros manager
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Keith Bodie
Asheville Tourists manager
Succeeded by
Jim Coveney
Preceded by
Jim Gabella
Watertown Indians manager
Succeeded by
Jim Gabella
Preceded by Oneonta Yankees manager
Succeeded by
Preceded by Florida Marlins bench coach
Succeeded by
Preceded by Boston Red Sox bullpen coach
Succeeded by
Preceded by New York Yankees bullpen coach
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