Corrales, player, manager, coach and exec, passes away at 82

August 29th, 2023

Pat Corrales, who spent more than 64 years in professional baseball as a player, manager and executive, most recently in the Dodgers' front office, and who was the first Major League manager of Mexican-American descent, passed away at his home in Big Canoe, Ga., on Sunday evening at the age of 82.

Corrales was a catcher from 1964 to 1973 with the Phillies, Cardinals, Reds and Padres. He managed the Rangers beginning with the final game of the 1978 season and, after two full seasons, went on to pilot the Phillies and Cleveland. Corrales also coached with the Yankees, Braves under Bobby Cox and Nationals. He joined the Dodgers front office in 2012 and was a special assistant to the general manager at the time of his passing.

He won World Series championships with the Braves in 1995 and the Dodgers in 2020.

“I was fortunate to have worked with Pat for more than 30 years at three franchises and he was instrumental in turning all three into championship organizations,” said Stan Kasten, Dodgers president and CEO. “He loved mentoring young players and the number of players he influenced is too long to count. Pat truly loved the game of baseball, and we will miss him.”

Pat Corrales managed the Rangers from 1978-80. (photo courtesy of Rangers)

Corrales, born on March 20, 1941, in Los Angeles, was a true baseball lifer in Major League Baseball by signing his first contract at the age of 18 out of high school.

Corrales signed with the Phillies in 1959 after a stellar baseball and football career at Fresno (Calif.) High School. He played in the big leagues for nine years with the Phillies (1964-65), Cardinals (1966), Reds (1968-72) and Padres (1972-73).

Corrales managed three different teams and had a 572-634 record. He managed the Rangers (1978-80), the Phillies (1982-83) and Cleveland (1983-87). Prior to managing the Rangers, he spent two plus seasons as a coach (1976-78) with the Rangers. After retiring from managing in 1987, he returned to coaching with the Yankees in 1989 and also coached for the Braves (1990-2006) and with the Nationals (2007-08, 2009 and 2011).

Corrales joined the Dodgers’ front office in November 2012 as a special assistant to the president and has been with the organization in the last 11 years.

Corrales won a world championship with the Braves in 1995 and also was a member of the Dodgers’ world championship victory in 2020.

Pat is survived by his wife of 40 years Donna Myers Corrales; daughters Rena C. Hammerness of Austin, Texas, and Patricia C. Collins of Williamstown, N.J.; and son Jason P. Corrales of San Diego. He was preceded in death by son Patrick D.P. Corrales of Atlanta and daughter Michele D. Pollitt of Williamstown, N.J.