November 2nd, 2012

Switching Seats

November 2, 2000 – Buck Martinez becomes the manager of the Toronto Blue Jays after being the team’s television color analyst. Martinez joins Houston’s Larry Dierker and Arizona’s Bob Brenly as first-time managers coming from the broadcast booth. The Dodgers didn’t have an announcer turn manager, but they remain the only team to trade a player for a broadcaster. When Brooklyn’s Red Barber missed part of the 1948 season because of health issues, team president Branch Rickey called the minor league Atlanta Crackers for permission to hire their young broadcaster, Ernie Harwell. Owner Earl Mann needed a catcher, so Rickey send catcher Cliff Dapper to the Crackers to complete the deal. Dapper and Harwell didn’t meet for over a half a century until Dapper attended a ceremony for Harwell’s statue in Detroit in 2002.