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Butch Hobson
Third baseman
Born: August 17, 1951 (1951-08-17) (age 58)
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Batted: Right Threw: Right 
MLB debut
September 7, 1975 for the Boston Red Sox
Last MLB appearance
August 3, 1982 for the New York Yankees
Career statistics
Batting average     .248
Home runs     98
RBI     397
Career highlights and awards

Clell Lavern "Butch" Hobson, Jr. (born August 17, 1951, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama) is a former third baseman and manager in Major League Baseball. Hobson played for the Boston Red Sox (1975-80), California Angels (1981) and New York Yankees (1982). He batted and threw right-handed.

After retiring, he managed the Pawtucket Red Sox and the Boston Red Sox. Today, he is manager of the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs in the independent Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (better known as the Atlantic League). He won the International League Manager of the Year award in 1991, and led the Nashua Pride to the Atlantic League Championship in 2000 and the Can-Am League Championship in 2007.

Hobson was a star football player for the University of Alabama team under Bear Bryant. Selected by the Red Sox in the 1973 amateur draft, he made his debut in 1975. His most productive season came in 1977, when he set team season records for a third baseman with 30 home runs and 112 RBIs.

In 1978, Hobson hit 17 home runs with 80 RBI. Nevertheless, he posted 43 errors, the most for any American League fielder in that season, and his .899 fielding average also was the first below .900 by a regular player in 60 years. Hobson hit 28 home runs with 93 RBI in 1979, but a year later, an ensuing injury to his right elbow left him inactive for almost two campaigns.

Before the 1981 season, Hobson was sent to the Angels along with Rick Burleson in the same trade that brought Carney Lansford and Mark Clear to Boston. Hobson finished his major league career with the Yankees in 1982. In an eight-year career, Hobson hit a .248 batting average with 98 home runs and 397 RBI in 738 games.

Hobson managed Pawtucket for one season and posted a 79-64 record to lead his team to a first-place finish in the International League. After losing the Governors' Cup to Columbus, he was hired to manage the Red Sox parent club and posted a 207-232 record for Boston from 1992-94. In 1996, while managing the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons, then a Triple-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies, he was arrested for possession of cocaine and immediately fired. Since 2000, he managed the Pride for eight straight seasons with a record of 508-456.

On July 27, 2007 managing the Pride in a game against the North Shore Spirit, Hobson was ejected after arguing against a call reversed against a Spirit baserunner who was called safe after initially being called out. Hobson reacted by pulling first base from the ground, then going into the stands to give it to a young fan.

Hobson left the Nashua Pride after the 2007 season. On November 19, 2007, Hobson was officially named the first-ever manager of the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs in the Atlantic League. He won manager of the year for the Atlantic League for the 2008 season.

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Preceded by
Tucker Ashford
Columbia Mets Manager
Succeeded by
Bill Stein
Preceded by
Dave Holt
New Britain Manager
Succeeded by
Gary Allenson
Preceded by
Johnny Pesky
Pawtucket Red Sox Manager
Succeeded by
Rico Petrocelli
Preceded by
Mike Quade
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons Manager
Succeeded by
Ramon Aviles
Preceded by
Bob Geren
Sarasota Red Sox Manager
Succeeded by
Rob Johnson
Preceded by
Joe Morgan
Boston Red Sox Manager
Succeeded by
Kevin Kennedy

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