Second Stints of Former World Series Managers
Posted by Andrew McKillop on June 21, 2011
Yesterday the Florida Marlins officially announced Jack McKeon as their manager. The big storyline behind the hiring is that McKeon is 80 years old. One of the buried storylines is that McKeon once won a World Series managing the Marlins. Although it has happened before, it’s not everyday in which a World Series winning manager returns to the team of their triumph. Check out the list below.
Note: I only included managers that spent at least one full season away from the team they won a WS title with.
|Manager||Team||1st Stint||W Pct.||WS||2nd Stint||W Pct.||Dif|
|Bill Carrigan||Red Sox||1913-16||0.598||1||1927-29||0.359||-0.239|
|Cito Gaston||Blue Jays||1989-97||0.518||2||2008-10||0.512||-0.006|
* Murtaugh’s second and third stint with the Pirates.
- Danny Murtaugh is the only manager to win a World Series with the same team in different managing stints. However Murtaugh won the WS title in his third stint with the team.
- Every WS title winning manager, has a worst overall winning percentage in their second stint with the team they won the WS title with. The average difference in winning percentage is .091. The managers also spent on average 3.3 less seasons with the team in their second stint.
- Managers that spent one full season away from the team they won a WS title with, to only return to that team. Had an average hiatus of 3.9 years (includes McKeon).
- One manager noticeably missing from this list is Billy Martin. Martin won a WS title with the Yankees in 1977, was gone for a short period in 1978, to only return to the Yankees in 1979, 1983, 1985, and 1988. His second stint didn’t come after one full season away from the Yankees, so he wasn’t eligible for the list above.