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Terry Bevington
Manager
Born: (1956-07-07) July 7, 1956 (age 66)
Akron, Ohio
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
MLB statistics
Managerial record222–214
Winning %.509
Teams
As manager

Terry Paul Bevington (born July 7, 1956) is a former manager who managed the Chicago White Sox of Major League Baseball from 1995 until 1997.

Early life

Bevington was born in Akron, Ohio. His family moved to Santa Monica, California where he was a standout high school baseball player at Santa Monica High. He spent seven seasons in the minor leagues after being drafted by the New York Yankees in 1974. He batted .247 in 368 games played, including 33 with the Triple-A Vancouver Canadians of the Pacific Coast League in 1980. He threw and batted right-handed, stood 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 m) tall and weighed 190 pounds (86 kg).[1]

Managerial career

In the middle of the 1995 season, he was named manager of the White Sox when Gene Lamont was fired on June 2. He went 57–56 to close out the season (as a whole, the White Sox finished 75–76) and he was retained for the next season. Most notably during the year, he engaged in a fight with Milwaukee Brewers manager Phil Garner (as an attempt to protect Ozzie Guillen from Jeff Cirillo turned into putting Garner in a headlock) on July 22 that saw each get suspended for four games. [2] He never particularly gelled with the players, coaches or the media, with one reporter later describing him as an "obfuscator".[3] The White Sox attempted to replace him with Jim Leyland in 1997, but he instead managed with the Florida Marlins, which resulted in Chicago having to keep Bevington.[4] Despite having players such as Frank Thomas and later Albert Belle, the White Sox failed to reach the postseason in his tenure (in contrast, Lamont had led them to the playoffs once in 1993).

One notable gaffe occurred in September 1997 that involved him signaling for a reliever to come into a game only to realize he had forgotten to warm them up in the first place, which resulted in sending in a reliever with no throws that had to deliver an intentional walk to get a reliever warmed up in the bullpen.[5][6][7] After 2+12 seasons at the helm, he was fired on September 30, 1997 with a record of 222–214 (.509). He was replaced by Jerry Manuel.[8] When attending the jersey retirement ceremony for Thomas in 2010, he received boos from the Chicago crowd.[9]

He was a third base coach for the Toronto Blue Jays from 1999 through 2001[10] before returning to the minor leagues as a manager. He resigned as the Edmonton Cracker-Cats' skipper after a suspension stemming from an on-field brawl between the Cracker Cats and Calgary Vipers.

Managerial record

Team Year Regular season Postseason
Games Won Lost Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
CWS 1995 113 57 56 .504 3rd in AL Central
CWS 1996 162 85 77 .525 2nd in AL Central
CWS 1997 161 80 81 .497 2nd in AL Central
Total 436 222 214 .509 0 0

References

  1. ^ "Terry Bevington Minor & Independent Leagues Statistics & History".
  2. ^ "This Day in Sox History: Bevington Begins".
  3. ^ "Column: Baseball has a centuries-long conversation between the game and its fans. The Zoom era can't end soon enough". Chicago Tribune.
  4. ^ "Bevington to pay as cash doesn't carry Sox".
  5. ^ "MLB's 5 Worst Managing Blunders Ever".
  6. ^ "MLB Power Rankings: The 10 Worst Managers in MLB History". Bleacher Report.
  7. ^ "Terry Bevington Managerial Record".
  8. ^ "PLUS: BASEBALL; White Sox Hire Manuel as Manager". The New York Times. 5 December 1997.
  9. ^ "White Sox retire Thomas' number".
  10. ^ "Terry Bevington".
Sporting positions
Preceded by Burlington Bees Manager
1981
Succeeded by
??
Preceded by
???
Beloit Brewers Manager
1982
Succeeded by
Preceded by Stockton Ports Manager
1983
Succeeded by
???
Preceded by
Lee Sigman
El Paso Diablos Manager
1984–1985
Succeeded by
Preceded by Vancouver Canadians Manager
1986
Succeeded by
Preceded by Denver Zephyrs Manager
1987
Succeeded by
Preceded by Vancouver Canadians Manager
1988
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Chicago White Sox First Base Coach
1989
Succeeded by
Preceded by Chicago White Sox Third Base Coach
1990–1995
Succeeded by
Preceded by Syracuse Sky Chiefs Manager
1998
Succeeded by
Preceded by Toronto Blue Jays Third Base Coach
1999–2001
Succeeded by
Preceded by Shreveport Sports Manager
2003–2004
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Shreveport Sports Manager
2008
Succeeded by
Eddie Gerald