Monday, August 28, 2023

RIP - Pat Corrales

Pat Corrales passed away on August 27, 2023, at age 82. He was a backup catcher for the Phillies, Cardinals, Reds, and Padres from 1964-73.
After a 2-game debut in late-1964, Corrales began the 1965 season in the minors. When the Phillies sold Gus Triandos to the Astros on June 14th, Corrales was called up and started 53 of the final 105 games that season. 
Traded to the Cardinals after the season, he saw limited action in 1966 while backing up Tim McCarver,  and spent all of 1967 in the minors. 
Corrales was traded to the Reds for catcher Johnny Edwards, and became Johnny Bench's caddy for the next 4 seasons. After playing the first half of 1972 in the minors, he was traded to the Padres for catcher Bob Barton. He was the Padres' backup catcher through the end of 1973, then played for their AAA team in 1974 after which he was released. 
After his playing career, Corrales coached for the Rangers from 1976-78, and managed them from 1978-80. He later managed the Phillies (1982-83) and Indians (1983-87). 
He returned to coaching for the Yankees (1989), Braves (1990-2006), and Nationals (2007-11). 

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