Saturday, March 3, 2018

1978 Topps Baseball #351 - Jeff Torborg

  • Jeff Torborg was a backup catcher with the LA Dodgers and the California Angels from 1965-1973. 

  • Jeff was born in Plainfield, New Jersey. My father was born there a year earlier. I wonder if they knew each other.

    •  Torborg was tasked with replacing Frank Robinson as manager of the Indians in 1977. He managed the team for part of 1977, all of 1978, and part of 1979 before being let go in July 1979.
    • After his dismissal from the Indians Jeff coached with the New York Yankees from 1979-1988.
    • Jeff managed the Chicago White Sox from 1989-1991. He was named AL Manager of the Year in 1990.
    • Torborg moved to the New York Mets for the 1992 season. He had a rough time as the Mets' manager and lasted one full season and a partial season in 1993.
    • Jeff was a sportscaster for the remainder of the 1990s and was hired to manage the Montral Expos in 2001.
    • Jeff moved from the Expos to the Florida Marlins in 2003 after Jeff Loria sold the Expos and bought the Marlins. Torborg was replaced by Jack McKeon early in 2003 and the Marlins went on to win the World Series under McKeon.
    • Torborg was a sportscaster for a few years and is now living in New Jersey.

  • Managerial Record:

      • Minor League Career: Never managed in the minors
      • Major League Career: 634-718 (.469) in 11 seasons
        • Cleveland Indians (1977-1979): 157-201 .439
        • Chicago White Sox (1989-1991): 250-235 (.515)
        • New York Mets (1992-1993): 85-115 .425
        • Montreal Expos (2001): 47-62 .431
        • Florida Marlins (2002-2003): 95-105 .475

    No comments:

    Post a Comment