Frank Robinson became the first black manager in Major League Baseball history when the Clevelnd Indians made him player/manager before the 1975 season.
Former big leaguer and World Series champion Billy Hatcher has been on the Cincinnatti Reds coaching staff since 2006, never haven’t gotten a legit shot at a managerial position anywhere. Hatcher is a passionate voice.
Today of the 30 Major League Baseball teams Lloyd McClendon of the Seattle Mariners is currently the only black manager. There have been just a total of 14 in the history of MLB to even get the oppurtunity to manage a ball club. We speak with McClendon along with former black managers, and black coaches who are still trying to get to the manager’s chair.
Lloyd McClendon (right) here with Robinson Cano is currently the only African-American manager in Major League Baseball today.
Bo Porter got named manager of a Houston Astros team that lost 107 games the season before he came on board and only got a year & a half as manager before he was fired.
Cito Gaston (Right) Is the only African-American manager to win a World Series when he won it with Toronto in Back to Back years of 1992 & 1993. When he was let go by Toronto in 1997 It took Gaston more than a decade to get a second oppurtunity to manage a team when Toronto hired him again in 2008.
Don Baylor managed the expmasion (which is never easy) Colorado Rockies from 1993-1998 before managing the Chicago Cubs from 2000-2002. The Cubs have not been to a World Series in 70 years let alone won one which they have not done since 1908. Baylor says the biggest reason for the Cubs losing woes has to do with that fact that they play MOST of their home games during the day which throws the players off their natural routine. Something no other team does.