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Phil Regan

Phil Regan

Class of 1955

[edit] Early life and high school
Regan attended Wayland Union High School from 1951 to 1955 where he earned varsity letters in football, basketball, and baseball.

[edit] Professional playing career
Regan was a starting pitcher, and relief pitcher for the Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, and very briefly, the Chicago White Sox. He made 105 starts in his career, and pitched in 551 games.

His best season came with the Dodgers in 1966 when he went 14-1 with a 1.62 ERA and 88 strikeouts in 116 innings pitched as a reliever. That year, Regan's knack for earning wins in late-inning relief situations caused Sandy Koufax to nickname him "The Vulture".[1]

In his career, he went 96-81 with a 3.84 ERA and 92 saves. He accumulated 743 strikeouts in 1372 innings pitched.

[edit] Professional coaching career
In 1973, Regan began his coaching career as the head coach at Grand Valley State University, serving in this capacity until 1982. The following year, he began coaching for Major League Baseball, first serving as a minor league pitching instructor and advance scout for the Seattle Mariners in 1983, and then as the Mariners' pitching coach from 1984 to 1986. In 1987, he began a six year stint with the Los Angeles Dodgers as their major league special assignment and advance scout. In the strike-shortened 1994 season, Regan again served as pitching coach, this time for the Cleveland Indians. The following season, he served as manager of the Baltimore Orioles, finishing with a record of 71-73. The remainder of his professional coaching career is summarized below:

1996 - Managed Los Angeles Dodgers Triple-A affiliate Albuquerque (finished with a record of 67-76).
1997 - Served as Chicago Cubs pitching coach (1997-1998).
1999 - Served as Cleveland Indians pitching coach.
2000 - Served as Team USA pitching coach at Summer Olympics in Sydney.
2002 - Served as West Michigan Whitecaps manager (2002-2003).
1989-2009 Has managed different teams in the Venezuelan Winter League for the past 18 seasons, including Leones del Caracas, Navegantes del Magallanes, Cardenales de Lara.
Managed Leones del Escogido to Dominican Championship in 1987-88 and 1988-89 (including winning the Caribbean World Series in 1988).
2009 - St. Lucie Mets pitching coach.

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