Duffy Dyer

Duffy Dyer

Duffy Dyer
Catcher
Born: (1945-08-15) August 15, 1945
Dayton, Ohio
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 21, 1968, for the New York Mets
Last MLB appearance
April 15, 1981, for the Detroit Tigers
MLB statistics
Batting average .221
Home runs 30
Runs batted in 173
Teams
Career highlights and awards
Donald Robert "Duffy" Dyer (born August 15, 1945 in Dayton, Ohio) is an American former professional baseball player who is currently the manager of the Kenosha Kingfish of the Northwoods League collegiate summer baseball league. He played in Major League Baseball as a catcher for the New York Mets (19681974), Pittsburgh Pirates (19751978), Montreal Expos (1979), and Detroit Tigers (19801981).[1]

Playing career

Dyer played alongside Sal Bando and Rick Monday as a member of the Arizona State Sun Devils baseball team that won the 1965 College World Series.[2] He was drafted by the Mets in the 1966 Major League Baseball Draft and backed up Jerry Grote as a member of the 1969 Miracle Mets team that went on to win the World Series.[3] Dyer caught most of the Mets games in 1972, as Grote battled injuries.[4] In 94 games, he posted career-highs with 8 home runs and 36 runs batted in.[1] He also led National League catchers in double plays and in baserunners caught stealing, finished second in assists and, third in fielding percentage.[1] In 1973, Dyer was part of the Mets team that staged another miraculous season when they came from last place on August 30 to win the National League Eastern Division pennant.[5][6]

In October 1974, Dyer was traded to the Pirates for Gene Clines.[7] He backed up Manny Sanguillén and helped the Pirates win the 1975 National League Eastern Division.[8] Dyer was the Pirates catcher on August 9, 1976, when John Candelaria pitched a no hitter against the Los Angeles Dodgers.[9] In 1977 the Pirates traded away Sanguillen, and Dyer shared catching duties with Ed Ott in a platoon system. Dyer led National League catchers in 1977 with a .995 fielding percentage, committing only two errors in 93 games.[10]

Career statistics

In a fourteen-year major league career, Dyer played in 722 games and had 441 hits in 1,993 at bats for a .221 Batting Average, along with 151 runs, 74 doubles, 11 triples, 30 home runs, 173 RBI, 10 stolen bases, 228 walks, .306 On-base percentage, .315 slugging percentage, 627 total bases, 16 sacrifice bunts, 10 sacrifice flies and 49 intentional walks.[1] In 1972 he led National League catchers in range factor and baserunners caught stealing, and finished second in assists.[11]

In 1986, Dyer was inducted into the Arizona State University Sports Hall of Fame.[12]

Managing and coaching career

After his playing career, Dyer worked as a coach for the Chicago Cubs, the Milwaukee Brewers and the Oakland Athletics.[2]

As a minor league manager, he led the Class-A Kenosha Twins to a Midwest League championship in 1985.[13][14] In 1986 he managed the El Paso Diablos to a first-place finish in the Texas League.[15]

Dyer was hired by the San Diego Padres in 2007 as a catching coordinator.[16]

On November 18, 2013, Dyer was announced to be the inaugural manager for the Kenosha Kingfish of the Northwoods League collegiate summer baseball league.[17]

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Popular culture

In the film "Into My Heart", Ben (Rob Morrow) refers to Duffy Dyer as "a cultural icon". Dyer's nickname came from the popular radio show Duffy's Tavern. His mother had been listening to the show when she went into labor, and asked "How's Duffy?" after giving birth.[2][18]

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External links

  • Duffy Dyer career stats