Bill Plummer

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William Francis Plummer

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Biographical Information[edit]


"I've always wondered how Bill would do if he played two months straight. He's a physical fitness nut, and if hard work means anything, he would do all right." - Pete Rose, July 1977

Bill Plummer's playing career lasted from 1965 to 1979, including 892 ML at-bats spread out over 10 seasons. He was a player/coach with the Spokane Indians in 1979. He was a back-up catcher during his playing days, serving as Johnny Bench's back-up with the Cincinnati Reds during the heyday of the Big Red Machine.

Plummer managed in the Seattle Mariners' farm system in 1980-1981 and 1984-mid 1988. He was the bullpen coach of the Mariners in 1982 and 1983 and the 3rd base coach from mid-1988 to 1991. He then managed the Mariners in 1992. They had a very disappointing season that year, coming close to losing 100 games, and he was dismissed at the end of the season, to be replaced by Lou Piniella.

After being the Colorado Rockies' bullpen coach in 1993 and 1994, Plummer managed the Jacksonville Suns in the Detroit Tigers' chain in 1995 and part of 1996. Moving to the independent leagues, Plummer managed in the Western Baseball League from 1997 to 2001. He managed in the Arizona Diamondbacks' chain from 2002 to 2008 and in 2009 became the Diamondbacks' Minor League Catching Coordinator, a position he held through 2012 before returning to the dugout as a manager, a final season at the helm of the Visalia Rawhide in 2013. He resumed catching coordinator duties after the year until 2017, and currently works as hitting and catching coach for the summer league Redding Colt 45s.

He managed the Wausau Timbers to a Midwest League Championship in 1981 and the Caracas Leones to a Venezuelan Winter League Championship in 1987. he was the 1999 Western League Manager of the Year and the 2002 California League Manager of the Year.

Plummer's father, William L. Plummer, was a minor league pitcher from 1921 to 1927, and his uncle, Earl "Red" Baldwin, was a minor league catcher from 1915 to 1931. His father and Baldwin were teammates in 1924-1925. Bill's grandson, Conner Menez, made his big league debut with the San Francisco Giants in July 2019.

Notable Achievements[edit]

Preceded by
Jim Lefebvre
Seattle Mariners Manager
Succeeded by
Lou Piniella

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1980 San Jose Missions California League 73-66 5th Seattle Mariners
1981 Wausau Timbers Midwest League 84-48 1st Seattle Mariners League Champs
1984 Chattanooga Lookouts Southern League 63-81 10th Seattle Mariners
1985 Chattanooga Lookouts Southern League 66-77 8th Seattle Mariners
1986 Calgary Cannons Pacific Coast League 66-77 8th Seattle Mariners
1986-87 Caracas Leones Venezuelan Winter League 41-32 1st Caribbean Series League Champs
1987 Calgary Cannons Pacific Coast League 84-57 1st Seattle Mariners
1988 Calgary Cannons Pacific Coast League 44-46 -- Seattle Mariners -- replaced by Marty Martinez (24-28) on July 14
1988-89 Caracas Leones Venezuelan Winter League 45-28 3th Caribbean Series Lost in Semifinals
1992 Seattle Mariners American League 64-98 7th Seattle Mariners
1995 Jacksonville Suns Southern League 75-69 5th Detroit Tigers
1996 Jacksonville Suns Southern League 39-30 -- Detroit Tigers replaced by Larry Parrish on June 20
Billings Mustangs Pioneer League 13-24 7th Cincinnati Reds replaced Matt Martin (10-25) on July 26
1997 Chico Heat Western League 45-45 4th Independent Leagues League Champs
1998 Chico Heat Western League 63-26 1st Independent Leagues Lost in 1st round
1999 Chico Heat Western League 63-27 1st Independent Leagues Lost League Finals
2000 Yuma Bullfrogs Western League 45-43 3rd Independent Leagues Lost in 1st round
2001 Yuma Bullfrogs Western League 39-51 4th (t) Independent Leagues
2001-02 Aragua Tigres Venezuelan Winter League 44-38 2nd Caribbean Series Lost in Finals
2002 Lancaster Jethawks California League 52-48 8th Arizona Diamondbacks replaced Steve Scarsone (11-29) 5/15
2003 Yakima Bears Northwest League 45-31 2nd Arizona Diamondbacks
2004 Yakima Bears Northwest League 35-41 7th Arizona Diamondbacks
2005 Lancaster Jethawks California League 75-65 4th Arizona Diamondbacks Lost in 2nd round
2006 Tennessee Smokies Southern League 70-69 7th Arizona Diamondbacks
2007 Tucson Sidewinders Pacific Coast League 75-67 5th Arizona Diamondbacks
2008 Tucson Sidewinders Pacific Coast League 60-82 15th Arizona Diamondbacks
2011-12 Hermosillo Naranjeros Mexican Pacific League 28-20 5th Caribbean Series replaced Ever Magallanes (8-12) 11/4
2012-13 Hermosillo Naranjeros Mexican Pacific League 10-10 -- Caribbean Series replaced by Homar Rojas
2013 Visalia Rawhide California League 77-63 3rd Arizona Diamondbacks Lost in 2nd round

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