Thoughts, lists and other compulsive bits about baseball from comedian filmmaker television producer/Red Sox fan Paul Francis Sullivan....
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Tuesday, October 05, 2010
Coaches looking for their first ring
When the World Series is over each year, we recognize that the players on the team have their World Series rings... and accomplished the great goal that every player wants to achieve.
And the managers as well are praised for reaching the promised land.
But what about the coaching staff? A lot of times you see long time veterans win their first ever World Series ring as a player.
I remember Harold Baines, who meant as much to the White Sox as any player over the last few decades, hold up the World Series trophy in 2005... a World Champion finally after 20+ years not winning one as a player.
Long time veteran Chris Speier won his as a coach with the 2001 Diamondbacks. Tony Pena finally got his with the 2009 Yankees.
That got me thinking... what other coaches are there in the post season who were big leaguers and never won a ring?
It's fun to think about the veterans like Jim Thome and Aubrey Huff finally getting a shot at a ring during their playing days... but who is getting a shot at their rings after they've ended their careers.
So these are the coaches on the current playoff teams who were former big leaguers and never won a ring as a player, manager or coach.
I am not including managers on this list. It should be noted that Ron Washington of the Rangers and Bruce Bochy of the Giants are the only playoff managers without a ring.
Joe Girardi, Dusty Baker, Ron Gardenhire, Bobby Cox, Joe Maddon and Charlie Manuel have all won rings as either a player, coach or manager.
Appeared in the 1985 NLCS and World Series for the Cardinals. 1987 NLCS and World Series for the Cardinals. 1991 NLCS and World Series for the Braves. 1992 NLCS and World Series for the Braves. 1993 NLCS for the Braves. 1996 Division Series, NLCS and World Series for the Braves.