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George Bamberger
George Bamberger
Bamberger
George Irvin Bamberger
Born: August 1, 1925 at Staten Island, N.Y.
Died: April 4, 2004 at North Redington Beach, Fla.
Throws: Right Bats: Right
Height: 6.00 Weight: 175

Non-playing roles with Mets
  • Manager 1982 - 1983





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Happy Recap
March 19, 2001
Bamberger never really wanted to manage the Mets. He simply took the job to do his old friend Frank Cashen a favor. Every time the Mets had even a single day off, he'd fly home to Florida. He had had heart problems, and I think he was afraid that managing the Mets would kill him. When he retired early on in the 1983 season, I don't think anybody was surprised.

Jon
April 17, 2001
Bamberger also alienated his former employers (Bud Selig, Harry Dalton, etc.) by taking the Mets job after "retiring" from the Brewers.

Logan Swanson
February 20, 2002
Okay, time to get the truth out. George Bamberger was an outstanding baseball manager, and though he had heart problems and was somewhat disinterested in managing the Mets, he did a very good job and was an improvement over his predecessor.

When Bamby was named manager in 1982, it was clear the Mets were professionalizing their organization, a process which started when Wilpon/Doubleday took over in early 1980, and was guided by Frank Cashen.

Let's face it, though Joe Torre is a nice guy, knew baseball stategically, and was given a mostly horrible group of players to work with, he was a bit of a novice in his stint with the Mets. I never got the feeling that Joe was one of the top managers in the game, up there with the Earl Weavers, and Billy Martins.

Bamby, however, was one of the best. He was a great pitching coach during the Baltimore glory days in the late 60's and 70's, and when given the chance to manage the Brewers, got the most out of a not much better than average staff. That, combined with the Brewers power hitting lineup, kept the team in contention in the very tough A.L. East every year of his tenure.

Do I think Bamby got more out of his Mets than Torre did? Yes.

Kiwiwriter
September 15, 2004
A nice guy, a good manager, but hopelessly overmatched with the Mets. He took the job for his old pal Frank Cashen, but his heart wasn't in it...his heart couldn't really take the endless stream of disasters.

Jonathan Stern
December 15, 2004
For my entry on Dallas Green, I compiled a selection of Dallas quotes. With that in mind, here are some bon mots from another all-time Mets quotemeister, George Bamberger:

On day-offs from his day-job: "I might head my boat out into the Gulf, leave the life preservers home and jump overboard."

On second thought, let's forget the George Bamberger era. It was like root canal for all involved.









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