May 23, 1991 |
The Kansas City Royals, who lavished more than $33 million on free agents the past two years without rising higher than next to last in the American League West, on Wednesday fired Manager John Wathan. Coach Bob Schaefer was named interim manager on his 47th birthday. General Manager Herk Robinson said a permanent replacement will be named as early as Friday.
November 23, 1991 |
Jim Lefebvre became the Chicago Cub manager Friday, promising a return to fundamentals and saying he was looking for better pitching to revive the team. Fired by the Seattle Mariners last month after their most successful season, Lefebvre said Friday he was delighted to take the reins at Chicago. Lefebvre replaces Jim Essian, fired after less than a year on the job.
May 22, 1991 |
Don Zimmer, unable to inspire his Chicago Cubs despite the addition of three All-Star free agents, was fired as manager Tuesday. Zimmer, 60, led the Cubs to the National League East title two years ago, but the team was tied for last place in the division with an 18-19 record when he was fired. Joe Altobelli, Cub batting coach who led the Baltimore Orioles to the 1983 World Series championship, became interim manager.
December 8, 1991 |
Of the 14 major league managerial changes since Jan. 1, four managers were hired almost directly from major league managing jobs; eight were hired from big league coaching positions and two were hired from minor league managing jobs. Twelve of the 14 had some managing experience in the minor leagues. The breakdown: HIRED FROM MAJOR LEAGUE MANAGING JOBS * ANGELS--Fired Doug Rader and hired Buck Rodgers, who managed the Montreal Expos for 6 1/2 years.
May 24, 1991 |
Doug Dascenzo's two-strike squeeze scored Shawon Dunston in the ninth, lifting the Cubs to a 4-3 victory over the New York Mets at Shea Stadium. The Cubs have won their first two games under new Manager Jim Essian, who replaced Don Zimmer Wednesday. The play was the whacky kind of one that Zimmer loved to use, and he was often blamed when things like a squeeze with two strikes didn't work. A lot went wrong for Zimmer this season. "It wasn't a Don Zimmer play," Dunston said. "It was a Cubs play."
June 16, 1991 |
It happened 14 years ago in another city, in another league, but Cub Manager Jim Essian and Padre third base coach Rob Picciolo, former teammates, still laugh about it. Essian was a catcher for the Chicago White Sox when it happened. They were in the middle of a tie game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington when there was a meeting on the mound between White Sox Manager Bob Lemon, Essian, and the pitcher.