Earl WeaverEarl Weaver ManagerBorn: August 14, 1930(1930-08-14) (age 77) Batted: right Threw: right MLB debut July 7, 1968
for the Baltimore OriolesFinal game October 5, 1986
for the Baltimore OriolesCareer statistics Games 2541 Win Loss-Record 1480-1060 Winning % .583 Teams
- American League Champion: 1969, 1970, 1971, 1979
- World Series Champion: 1970
- Baltimore Orioles #4 retired in 1982
Earl Sidney Weaver (born August 14, 1930 in St. Louis, Missouri) is a former Major League Baseball manager. He spent his entire managerial career with the Baltimore Orioles, managing the club from 1968-1982 and 1985-1986. Weaver was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1996.
Weaver's nickname was the Earl of Baltimore. He also wrote a book called Weaver on Strategy.Earl Weaver's number 4 was retired by the Baltimore Oriolesin 1982
- 1 Managerial career
- 2 Broadcasting career
- 3 Earl Weaver Baseball
- 4 Playing career
- 5 External links
- 6 References
During his tenure as manager, the Orioles won six Eastern Division titles, four American League pennants, and a World Series championship. Weaver's managerial record is 1,480-1,060 (.583), including 100+ win seasons in 1969 (109), 1970 (108), 1971 (101), 1979 (102), and 1980 (100). His only major league team with a winning percentage of less than .500 was the 1986 Orioles.
A dubious distinction
Weaver held the dubious distinction of being ejected from more games than anyone in American League history, with 97 ejections to his credit. (In 2007, Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox set a higher Major League ejection mark.) Weaver is well known for the humor that often accompanied the ejections. During one particular tirade with an umpire, Weaver headed to the dugout screaming, "I'm going to check the rule-book on that" to which the umpire replied, "Here, use mine." Weaver shot back, "That's no good - I can't read Braille." He was also notorious for giving profanity-laced interviews.
One of Weaver's most explosive tirades came in 1981 against Detroit at old Memorial Stadium. The starting pitcher for the Os was called for a balk by first base umpire Bill Haller. Haller had a microphone hooked up and Weaver ran out to state his disagreement. After getting tossed, he launch a profanity-filled argument on Haller. The reason Haller was hooked up was because a documentry was being filmed for a daily life of an MLB umpire. That explosive argument between he and Weaver, with most of the conversation recorded on the mic, changed that completly. That video can be seen on YouTube.
Weaver's managerial philosophy, outlined in Weaver on Strategy, is oft-quoted as "Pitching, Defense, and the Three Run Homer". Weaver eschewed the use of so-called "inside baseball" tactics such as the stolen base, the hit and run, or the sacrifice bunt, preferring a patient approach ("waiting for the home run"), saying "If you play for one run, that's all you'll get" and "On offense, your most precious possessions are your 27 outs". Weaver claims to have never had a sign for the hit and run, citing that the play makes both the baserunner and the hitter vulnerable, as the baserunner is susceptible to being caught stealing and the hitter is required to swing at any pitch thrown.
Weaver also insisted that his players maintain a professional appearance at all times. He allowed mustaches, but not beards, and, as a rule, players had to wear a suit or jacket and tie onboard an airplane for a road trip.
Extensive usage of statistics
Weaver made extensive use of statistics to create matchups that were favorable either for his batter or his pitcher. He had various notebooks with all sorts of splits and head-to-head numbers for his batters and against his pitchers and would assemble his lineups according to the matchups he had. For example, despite the fact that Gold Glove shortstop Mark Belanger was an inept hitter by any objective standard, in 19 plate appearances he hit .625 with a .684 on-base percentage and .625 slugging percentage against Jim Kern and would be slotted high in the lineup when facing him. Similarly, Boog Powell, the 1970 American League MVP, hit a meager .178/.211/.278 against Mickey Lolich over 96 plate appearances and would be substituted for, possibly with a hitter like Chico Salmon, who hit a much more acceptable .300/.349/.400 against the same pitcher.
Expert usage of the bench
Weaver made expert use of the bench. In the Oriole teams of the late 1970s and early 1980s, Weaver made frequent use of platoons, with the most obvious example being the use of Gary Roenicke and John Lowenstein in left field, absent affordable full-time solutions. Weaver also exploited a loophole in the Designated Hitter rule by listing a starting pitcher as a DH so as not to lose a hitter should the opposing pitcher be ineffective or get injured before it was the DH's turn in the batting order. A rule was created to stop the use this tactic, allegedly (by Weaver) because it was distorting pinch-hitting statistics.
Weaver pioneered the use of radar guns to track the velocity of pitches during the 1972 spring training season.
Between his stints as manager Weaver served as a color commentator for ABC television, calling the 1983 World Series (which included the Orioles) along with Al Michaels and Howard Cosell. Weaver was the #1 ABC analyst in 1983, but was also employed by the Baltimore Orioles as a consultant. At the time, ABC had a policy preventing an announcer who was employed by a team from working games involving that team. So whenever the Orioles were on the primary ABC game, Weaver worked the backup game. This policy forced Weaver to resign from the Orioles consulting position in October in order to be able to work the World Series for ABC.
Earl Weaver Baseball
Weaver the player was a right-handed hitting and throwing second baseman in the farm system of the St. Louis Cardinals who never played an inning of Major League Baseball. His Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Palmer, who battled with Weaver on a regular basis, once noted: "The only thing that Earl knows about pitching is he couldn't hit it." After Palmer's skills began to decline and he was no longer a regular starter, Weaver defended his actions by claiming he'd given Palmer "more chances than my ex-wife." He has also directed such a remark at Mike Cuellar, ace of the 1969 staff.
Weaver joined the Orioles in 1957 as skipper of their Fitzgerald club in the Class D Georgia-Florida League, where his team finished nine games under .500; he would never again have a losing season as a minor league pilot. He was promoted to the Orioles as their first-base coach in 1968, and spent a half-season in that role before taking the managerial reins in July.
- Baseball Hall of Fame
- Baseball-Reference.com - career managing record
-  - Audio of Earl Weaver's Infamous Radio Appearance
-  - Video of Earl Weaver
arguing with an umpire, and being ejected from the game
-  - Mark Belanger's line against Jim Kern.
-  - Boog Powell's lines against pitchers, minimum 50 PA
-  - Chico Salmon's line against Mickey Lolich
Hank BauerBaltimore Orioles Manager
1968-1982 Succeeded by
Joe AltobelliPreceded by
Joe AltobelliBaltimore Orioles Manager
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