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Larry Parrish

Third baseman / Right fielder / Designated hitter
Born: November 10, 1953 (1953-11-10) (age 56)
Winter Haven, Florida
Batted: Right Threw: Right 
MLB debut
September 6, 1974 for the Montreal Expos
Last MLB appearance
October 2, 1988 for the Boston Red Sox
Career statistics
Batting average     .263
Home runs     256
Runs batted in     992
Teams

As player

As manager

Career highlights and awards

Larry Alton Parrish (born November 10, 1953 in Winter Haven, Florida) is a former Major League Baseball third baseman and right-handed batter who played with the Montreal Expos (1974-81), Texas Rangers (1982-88) and Boston Red Sox (1988). He also played two seasons in Japan, for the Yakult Swallows (1989) and the Hanshin Tigers (1990). He is currently the manager for the Toledo Mud Hens, the Triple-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers.

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Playing career

Making his debut in 1974 at the age of 20, Parrish became a solid hitter as a third baseman in the 70s and 80s, just not up to the level of some of the other greats at his position at the time like Mike Schmidt, Tony Perez, or Ron Santo. Parrish swatted 20 or more home runs in a season five times during his major league career and was a two-time All-Star. In 1979, Parrish was named the Montreal Expos Player of the Year after batting .307 with 30 homers and 82 Runs batted in. Additionally, Parrish ranks seventh on the Texas Rangers all-time home run list (149) and eighth in RBIs at 522. He closed out his American Major League career by joining the Boston Red Sox during the stretch run of the 1988 season, in which the team won the American League Eastern Division championship.

After his American/Canadian career was over, Parrish moved over the Pacific Ocean and played for two different Japanese major league teams

Larry Parrish had a career .263 batting average in North America with 256 home runs and 992 Runs Batted In during 1,891 career ballgames. In 13 career playoff games, Parrish batted .182 with no home runs and three RBI.

Coaching career

After retiring from the majors and spending time playing for the Yakult Swallows and Hanshin Tigers of the Japanese Central League, Parrish became a full-time coach within the Detroit Tigers organization. In 1992, Parrish was named the manager for the Single-A Niagara Falls of the New York - Penn League, and won the League Championship in 1993. In 1995 he was named the roving hitting instructor for the Tigers minor league system. In 1996, he returned to the dugout as the manager of the Double-A Jacksonville Suns, where he won another League Championship the same year. Parrish was then served as bench coach under manager Buddy Bell for the 1997 season and part of the 1998 before Bell was fired. Parrish was promoted as the replacement, and managed the Tigers from 1998-99, compiling an 82-104 record, but was replaced by Phil Garner for the 2000 season. Parrish managed the Tigers through their final season at Tiger Stadium. Parrish remained in the Tigers organization as a scout from 2000-2002, and in 2003 he returned to the dugout once again as the manager for the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens of the International League.

In 2005, Parrish managed the Mud Hens to an impressive 89-55 record and the Governors' Cup as champions of the International League. The Mud Hens defeated the Indianapolis Indians. As a result, Parrish was named the 2005 Minor League Manager of the Year by The Sporting News.

In 2006, Parrish led the Mud Hens to a 76-66 record and a repeat of the Governor's Cup, giving the Mud Hens their third title and making them back to back champions for the first time in team history. This time, the Mud Hens defeated the Rochester Red Wings. The team moved on to play in the Triple-A World Series, in Oklahoma City, where they would take on the Tucson Sidewinders of the Pacific Coast League. The Mud Hens fell to the Sidewinders by a score of 5-2. It was the first time the Triple-A World Series had been played since 2000.

Highlights

  • Two-time All-Star (1979, 1987)
  • Hit three grand slams in a week (July 4, 7th, 10th, 1982), tying MLB record set by Jim Northrup
  • Compiled four career three-home run games, including one instance where the home runs came on consecutive bats (July 30, 1978), and is one of only eight players to accomplish the feat in both leagues (Babe Ruth, Johnny Mize, Dave Kingman, Cory Snyder, Darnell Coles, Claudell Washington and Darryl Strawberry are the others)
  • 4 league championships as manager:
    • 1993 (Niagara Falls of the New York - Penn League)
    • 1996 (Jacksonville Suns of the Southern League)
    • 2005 and 2006 (Toledo Mud Hens of the International League)

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Preceded by
Buddy Bell
Detroit Tigers Manager
1998–1999
Succeeded by
Phil Garner
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