Former MLB manager Pat Corrales died of natural causes at his Georgia home late Sunday night. The former baseball guru was 82 years old. In his playing days he was a catcher before becoming a manager for several teams.
Pat Corrales had worked as a front office member in Los Angeles before his death. He held a managerial record of 572-634-5 (those are ties). He coached the Texas Rangers, Philadelphia Phillies, and Cleveland Indians (now the Cleveland Guardians) before moving into front-office positions.
Known as a true baseball enthusiast, Corrales spent most of his life in the sport, including most of the years leading up to his tragic death. He will be missed.
The baseball world mourns the loss of Pat Corrales
Pat Corrales was a popular figure in the baseball world. Several teams, fans and players were affected by him. The Phillies said in a statement via ESPN:
“Over the course of a baseball career spanning more than six decades as a player, coach, manager and executive, Pat has become a respected baseball artist. Our heartfelt condolences go out to Pat’s family and everyone who was lucky enough to know him.”
Corrales eventually trained under Bobby Cox on the Atlanta Braves team. Current manager Brian Snitker said:
“I know he and Bobby were so close. During that run, he was the guy who did a lot of the heavy lifting. He wasn’t afraid to kick ass if he needed to. He was a baseball guy through and through.”
Stan Kasten, president and CEO of the Los Angeles Dodgers, who worked in Washington and Atlanta, said:
“I have been fortunate to have worked with Pat on three franchises for more than 30 years and he has been instrumental in growing all three into championship organizations. He loved mentoring young players and the number of players he has influenced is too long to list. Pat, really.” loved the game of baseball and will miss him.
A memorial service for Pat Corrales is expected to be held in Georgia in early September.