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Jeff Torborg
Catcher
Born: November 26, 1941 (1941-11-26) (age 68)
Plainfield, New Jersey
Batted: Right Threw: Right 
MLB debut
May 10, 1964 for the Los Angeles Dodgers
Last MLB appearance
September 29, 1973 for the California Angels
Career statistics
Batting average     .214
Hits     297
RBI     101
Teams

As player

As manager

Jeffrey Allen Torborg (born November 26, 1941 in Plainfield, New Jersey) is a former catcher and manager in Major League Baseball. Torborg was signed by Los Angeles Dodgers as an amateur free agent in 1963. On September 9, 1965, Torborg caught Sandy Koufax's perfect game. On July 20, 1970, he was the catcher receiving Bill Singer's no-hitter [1][2] and on May 15, 1973, Torborg also caught the first of Nolan Ryan's 7 no-hitters.

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College

Torborg caught at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He was a 1963 All-American and set the school record for season batting average (.537) that year, which was the national leading average for 100 at bats and under. his .537 average was the highest ever recorded up to that time and since then, only two college players have hit for a better average. His slugging percentage that year (1.032) is also a single-season standard. He lead the team with 21 RBI and six home runs.In his three-year career from 1961-63, the Torborg batted .390. His number (#10) was retired in 1992. He still holds the career slugging percentage mark of .684. During his career, the Knights were 15-4-1, 14-4 and 11-5 for a three-year mark of 40-13-1 (.741 winning percentage).

Coaching, managing, and broadcasting career

After a successful ten-year career as a catcher with the Dodgers and Angels, Torborg switched to coaching. In 1977, he became the manager of the Cleveland Indians (a position he held for three years). In 1989, Torborg became the manager of the Chicago White Sox. A year later, the White Sox won 94 games which was a 25 game improvement from 1989. For his efforts with the 1990 Chicago White Sox, Torborg won the American League Manager of the Year Award. Torborg would stay with the White Sox for one more year before moving to the New York Mets.

Unfortunately, Torborg wasn't as successful with the Mets as he was with the White Sox. A year after leading the White Sox to an 87–75 record, Torborg's 1992 New York Mets posted a 70–92 record. After starting the 1993 season with a 13–25 record, the Mets fired Torborg and replaced him with Dallas Green.

For the rest of the 1990s, Torborg kept busy working as a sportscaster for the likes of CBS Radio and Fox. Torborg returned to managing first with the Montreal Expos in 2001 and then the Florida Marlins in 2002.

In 2003, Torborg was fired from the Florida Marlins after they started off the season 16–22. Jack McKeon was hired to replace him and led them to the 2003 World Series victory. He then returned to broadcasting on Fox. He served as the color commentator for Atlanta Braves games on FSN South and Turner South in 2006, where he was partnered with Bob Rathbun. However, neither Torborg nor Rathbun was retained for the 2007 season. [1]

While a Braves commentator, Torborg had a fan club known as "Torborg South." The club's logo looks similar to the logo of the Turner South Network.

Managerial Statistics

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
CLE 1977 45 59 .433 5th in AL East - - - -
CLE 1978 69 90 .434 6th in AL East - - - -
CLE 1979 43 52 .453 6th in AL East - - - (fired)
CWS 1989 69 92 .429 7th in AL West - - - -
CWS 1990 94 68 .580 2nd in AL West - - - -
CWS 1991 87 75 .537 2nd in AL West - - - -
NYM 1992 72 90 .444 5th in NL East - - - -
NYM 1993 13 25 .342 7th in NL East - - - (fired)
MON 2001 47 62 .431 5th in NL East - - - -
FLA 2002 79 83 .488 4th in NL East - - - -
FLA 2003 16 22 .421 4th in NL East - - - (fired)
Total 634 718 .469 - - - -

Personal life

Jeffrey's son Dale is a former professional wrestler and his daughter-in-law, Asya is a bodybuilder and former professional wrestler.

References

  1. ^ "Jeff Torborg". baseballlibrary.com. http://www.baseballlibrary.com/ballplayers/player.php?name=Jeff_Torborg_1941. Retrieved 2009-07-01.  
  2. ^ "Baseball Slate - May 2008 - Most No-Hitters Caught (As of 5-19-08)". http://www.baseballslate.com/most-nohitters-caught/.  

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