Former manager Green dies
‘Big man’ led Phillies to their first World Series title in 1980.
Dallas Green, the toughtalking manager who guided the Philadelphia Phillies to their first World Series championship, died Wednesday. He was 82.
The Phillies said Green died at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia. He had been in poor health for a while.
Green spent 62 years in baseball as a player, manager, general manager, team president and other roles.
“He was a big man with a big heart and a bigger-than-life personality,” Phillies Chairman David Montgomery said.
As a major league pitcher, Green went just 20-22 in the 1960s.
Instead, it was in the dugout where the gruff, 6-foot-5 Green really found his voice — and a booming one, it was.
In 1980, with Pete Rose playing first base on a team that included future Hall of Famers Mike Schmidt and Steve Carlton, Green guided the Phillies to the World Series championship, ending a drought that stretched back nearly a century.
Midway through that season, he really let the Phils hear it after a loss in Pittsburgh left them around .500. His clubhouse tirade was so loud that writers outside the locker room at Three Rivers Stadium said they could hear every word.
Green later managed the Yankees and the Mets. Green
also was the GM and president of the Cubs.
Green is survived by his wife of 59 years, Sylvia; four children; and five grandchildren.
Twins: Right-hander Trevor May had Tommy John surgery that will keep him off the mound this season. May, 27, was placed on the 60-day disabled list, making room for the Twins to add left-hander Craig Breslow to the 40-man roster. Breslow, 36, is among the finalists for a middle relief role.
Cardinals: Carlos Martinez and not Adam Wainwright will start the April 2 opener against the Cubs. Wainwright had started the past four openers.
Nationals: Ace Max Scherzer proclaimed himself healed following his first exhibition start this year, allowing two runs and five hits in 4⅔ innings to the Cardinals on Wednesday. “It’s behind me now,” Scherzer said of a stress fracture in the knuckle of the ring finger on his pitching hand. Scherzer, 32, will make two more starts before the season begins, but the NL Cy Young Award winner won’t start the April 3 opener against Miami. “Right now we’ve kind of got Max slated as the No. 3 starter,” manager Dusty Baker said. “He’s No. 3 because that’s how his turn worked out with giving him more time.”
Tigers: Slugger Miguel Cabrera, who has been out since leaving Venezuela’s game Saturday in the World Baseball Classic with back stiffness, might play Friday against Atlanta, manager Brad Ausmus said.
Yankees: Greg Bird homered twice and had five RBIs in Wednesday’s 7-3 win over the Phillies. Bird, who missed all of 2016 with a shoulder injury, was named the opening day first baseman by manager Joe Girardi.
U.S. wins World Baseball Classic
Marcus Stroman threw six hitless innings, Ian Kinsler hit a two-run homer and the United States routed Puerto Rico 8-0 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles to win its first World Baseball Classic in four attempts. Puerto Rico lost for the first time in eight games after outscoring the opposition 55-26. Stroman was named the tournament’s most valuable player.
Former Phillies manager Dallas Green (right), who died Wednesday at 82, spent 62 years in baseball as a player, manager, general manager, team president and other roles.