Bobby Meacham

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Robert Andrew Meacham

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Biographical Information[edit]

Shortstop Bobby Meacham's big-league playing career may be best remembered for a 1984 incident when he suffered the impetuous wrath of New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner. In the fourth game of the season, Meacham entered in the 8th inning of a tie game as a defensive replacement. He committed a two-out error that allowed the winning run to score. Following the game, Steinbrenner ordered Meacham demoted all the way to Double A.

After his playing days were through, Meacham spent several years as a minor league coach and manager. He coached hitters for the Eugene Emeralds in 1991, and managed them in 1992. He was a hitting coach for the Colorado Springs Sky Sox in 1993. Meacham managed the Carolina Mudcats in 1994 and the Calgary Cannons in 1995. He next served as the minor league baserunning coach in 1996 and roving infield instructor for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1997 to 2001. He then managed the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes from 2002 to 2004. Meacham joined the Colorado Rockies in 2005 as a minor league infield instructor.

Meacham spent 2006 with the Florida Marlins as the team's third base coach and was hired by the San Diego Padres as first base coach for 2007. He was named third base coach for the New York Yankees for the 2008 season, re-joining Joe Girardi with whom he had worked in Florida, but stayed there only one season. He returned to minor league coaching in 2009 as the Williamsport Crosscutters hitting coach. In 2010, he joined the Houston Astros' coaching staff as first base coach under new manager Brad Mills, but was fired along with Mills and hitting coach Mike Barnett on August 18, 2012 with the team threatening to set a franchise record for losses for the second straight year.

In 2013, Meacham joined the Toronto Blue Jays organization as manager of their High Class A affiliate the Dunedin Blue Jays of the Florida State League. He was a manager in the Jays' organization for seven seasons, until 2019, also doing so at the AA and AAA level. In 2020, he returned to coach at the major league level as an assistant coach with the Philadelphia Phillies under newly appointed manager Girardi.

Year-By-Year Minor League Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
1992 Eugene Emeralds Northwest League 36-40 5th (t) Kansas City Royals
1994 Carolina Mudcats Southern League 74-66 4th (t) Pittsburgh Pirates Lost League Finals
1995 Calgary Cannons Pacific Coast League 58-83 10th Pittsburgh Pirates
2002 Rancho Cucamonga Quakes California League 52-88 10th Anaheim Angels
2003 Rancho Cucamonga Quakes California League 74-66 5th Anaheim Angels Lost in 2nd round
2004 Rancho Cucamonga Quakes California League 69-71 6th Anaheim Angels Lost in 1st round
2013 Dunedin Blue Jays Florida State League 63-68 9th Toronto Blue Jays Lost in 1st round
2014 New Hampshire Fisher Cats Eastern League 66-76 9th(t) Toronto Blue Jays
2015 New Hampshire Fisher Cats Eastern League 69-71 8th(t) Toronto Blue Jays
2016 New Hampshire Fisher Cats Eastern League 69-73 7th Toronto Blue Jays
2017 Buffalo Bisons International League 65-76 11th Toronto Blue Jays
2018 Buffalo Bisons International League 61-77 14th Toronto Blue Jays
2019 Buffalo Bisons International League 71-69 7th Toronto Blue Jays

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