John McLaren (baseball)

John McLaren (baseball)

John McLaren
McLaren as bench coach for the Washington Nationals in 2011.
Philadelphia Phillies
Catcher / Manager / Coach
Born: (1951-09-29) September 29, 1951
Galveston, Texas
MLB debut
July 2, 2007, for the Seattle Mariners
MLB statistics
Games managed 159
Win-Loss record 70-89
Winning % .440

As Manager

John Lowell McLaren (born September 29, 1951) is a former Philadelphia Phillies under manager Pete Mackanin for the 2016 season.


  • Personal life 1
  • Playing career 2
  • Coaching and managing career 3
    • Honors 3.1
    • Managerial record 3.2
  • See also 4
  • External links 5
  • Notes 6

Personal life

McLaren graduated from Westbury High School in Houston, Texas in 1970, and attended Blinn College, the University of St. Thomas and Houston Baptist University. He currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona.

Playing career

McLaren, a catcher, was selected by the Houston Astros in the seventh round of the 1970 June draft[1] and was assigned to the rookie-level Covington Astros of the Appalachian League.[2] He hit a home run in his first professional game on June 30. He led Western Carolinas League catchers in putouts and assists in 1971, and in 1973 at Columbus led Southern League catchers in fielding. His best offensive season came in 1975, when he batted .270 with 13 home runs and 57 runs batted in for the Iowa Oaks and Dubuque Packers. His playing career lasted through the 1976 season, having peaked at the triple-A level.[2]

Coaching and managing career

In the 1979 season McLaren became manager of the Utica Blue Jays, a Toronto Blue Jays short-season single-A affiliate. He managed two other Blue Jays affiliates: the single-A Kinston Blue Jays from 1981–1982, and the double-A Knoxville Blue Jays from 1983–1985.

McLaren entered MLB as the Blue Jays' third-base coach in 1986.[3] He coached for the Blue Jays through 1990, then spent 1991 as bullpen coach for the Boston Red Sox before joining Lou Piniella's coaching staff with the Cincinnati Reds in 1992. He held various positions on Piniella's coaching staffs with the Seattle Mariners and Tampa Bay Devil Rays from 1993 through 2005.[3]

McLaren served as the third-base coach for the United States during the 2006 World Baseball Classic, but worked as a scout for the Devil Rays during the 2006 season. After the season, McLaren was named bench coach of the Mariners for the third time, this time under manager Mike Hargrove.[3]

Hargrove abruptly resigned on July 1, 2007, and McLaren was named as his replacement.[4] The Mariners finished the 2007 season in second place in the American League West standings, the first time they finished above last place since 2003.[5]

McLaren was fired as manager on June 19, 2008, largely because the Mariners had a payroll in excess of $100 million, yet possessed the worst record in baseball (25–47) at the time. His firing followed the firing of general manager Bill Bavasi by three days. Jim Riggleman, the bench coach, replaced McLaren on an interim basis.[6]

McLaren spent the

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Pat Corrales
Washington Nationals Bench Coach
Succeeded by
Pat Corrales
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  • McLaren bio on
  • Video on YouTube McLaren's profanity laced news conference (clean)
  • January 2007 article
  • Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference (Minors)

External links

See also

Team From To Regular season record Post–season record Ref.
W L Win % W L Win %
Seattle Mariners 2007 2008 68 88 .436 DNQ [9]
Washington Nationals 2011 2011 2 1 .667 [9]
Total 70 89 .440 0 0 .000
As of September 21, 2015

Managerial record

In 1991, McLaren was inducted into the Kinston Professional Baseball Hall of Fame. He was the manager for the Carolina League Kinston Eagles in 1981 and Kinston Blue Jays in 1982.