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Joey Amalfitano

Joey Amalfitano
Second baseman
Born: (1934-01-23) January 23, 1934
San Pedro, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
May 3, 1954, for the New York Giants
Last MLB appearance
June 27, 1967, for the Chicago Cubs
MLB statistics
Batting average .244
Hits 418
Runs 248
Teams

As Player

As Manager

As Coach

John Joseph Amalfitano (born January 23, 1934) is a former utility infielder, manager and coach in Major League Baseball (MLB). He played a combined ten seasons with the New York/San Francisco Giants (1954–1955, 1960–1961, 1963), Houston Colt .45s (1962) and Chicago Cubs (1964–1967), and managed the Cubs from 19791981. Amalfitano is perhaps best known as the Los Angeles Dodgers' third-base coach for sixteen years from 1983 to 1998, which included a World Series championship. He is currently a special assistant for player development for the San Francisco Giants, primarily working in its farm system.

Contents

  • Playing career 1
  • Managerial/coaching career 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Playing career

A native of San Pedro, California, Amalfitano attended Loyola University of Los Angeles and the University of Southern California. Because he signed a "bonus contract" when he became a professional player in 1954, Amalfitano spent the first two years of his pro career sitting on the bench of the New York Giants under the terms of the rule then in force. But after four years in the minor leagues, he returned to the National League in 1960 and played through the middle of 1967 for the Giants, Houston Colt .45s and Chicago Cubs. Amalfitano, a right-handed hitter and thrower, stood 5 feet 11 inches (1.80 m) tall and weighed 175 pounds (79 kg). In 642 MLB games played, he batted .244 in 1,715 at bats with 418 hits and nine home runs.

Managerial/coaching career

After playing his final game on June 27, 1967, Amalfitano became a coach for the Cubs, serving under his first-ever manager, Leo Durocher. He moved back to the Giants as a coach in 1972, then to the San Diego Padres from 19761977 before rejoining the Cubs as a member of Herman Franks' staff in 19781979.

Amalfitano served as Chicago's interim manager after Franks' resignation in September 1979, compiling a record of 2–5 to finish the season. That autumn, the Cubs appointed Preston Gómez manager, with Amalfitano retained as a coach. But when Chicago started the 1980 campaign poorly under Gómez, winning only 38 of its first 90 games, he was fired July 25 and Amalfitano was named his permanent successor. The Cubs won only 26 games, losing 46, to remain in the basement of the National League East Division, but Amalfitano was allowed to return for 1981. During that strike-shortened, split-season campaign, his team won a total of 38 games, losing 65, finishing last and next-to-last with the worst overall record in the division. At season's end, he was fired during a general housecleaning of the Chicago front office. Amalfitano's career record as a manager, over all or parts of three seasons with the Cubs, was 66–116 (.363).

However, he remained active in baseball, returning to coaching with the bunting.[1]

References

  1. ^ , Sunday, August 29, 2010.The New York TimesKaplan, Thomas. "Coach Devotes Himself to Game's Most Selfless Play,"

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
  • Retrosheet
Preceded by
Tommy Lasorda
Los Angeles Dodgers Third Base Coach
1983–1998
Succeeded by
Glenn Hoffman
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