Thursday, January 12, 2017
579th Place - Joel Skinner
I've always had a soft spot for Joel Skinner, thanks to his 1985 "Father and Son" card with his dad, Bob. Bob was a pretty good ballplayer back in the day, managing a couple of All-Star team appearances and even MVP votes in two separate seasons. At 85 years old he's still alive and kicking!
Joel was less successful, making a career as a backup catcher over nine big league seasons. Like many ex-catchers, though, he's spent most of his post-playing days as a manager and coach throughout professional baseball. He even got half a season of work as the manager of the Cleveland Indians back in 2002 when Charlie Manuel lost his job in a contract dispute. Despite a fairly successful stint Skinner didn't land that job permanently. He most recently coached in Winston-Salem.