Memories of
Sam Perlozzo
Sam Perlozzo
Samuel Benedict Perlozzo
Born: March 4, 1951 at Cumberland, Md.
Throws: Right Bats: Right
Height: 5.09 Weight: 170

Non-playing roles with Mets
  • Coach 1987 - 1989

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Mr. Sparkle
November 6, 2002
He's currently up for the manager's job in Seattle. I'd love to see him get it. Sam was a buddy of Davey Johnson's and followed him to Cinncinati.

Rick Love
September 24, 2004
My memories of Sam go all the way back to grade school in Cumberland, Maryland. Not only was Sammy a great baseball player, he was also an outstanding football player. We played football together in both grade school and high school. Sam was fast, elusive and tough. He was a running a back and I blocked for him on the first-ever Catholic high school team to win a Cumberland city championship in over 40 years of competition.

Besides being a truly gifted athlete, Sam was, and remains, a downp-to-earth good guy who remembers where he came from and who his friends were along the way.

As I write (August, 2004), he is the bench coach for the Baltimore Orioles. When Mike Hargrove was let go last spring, Sam, along with Eddie Murray and Lee Mazzilli, was interviewed for the Orioles manager's job. Mazzilli got the job but respected Sam enough to ask him to stay on his staff.

I now live in Oakland but always try to get out to the Coliseum when the O's are in town to say hello to Sam. He is a class guy and I hope, someday soon, he gets his chance to manage in the big leagues. As in everything else he's ever attempted, I'm sure he'd be a winner if given the opportunity.

Jonathan Stern
June 16, 2005
As third base coach for the 1990 Reds, he won a World Series ring. But in one of the games, he wrongly held up Billy Hatcher at third. As the camera crew showed Reds manager Lou Pinella erupting in the dugout, Tim McCarver was screaming about how he did not agree with Perlozzo's decision. Such is the life of a third base coach. You're only noticed when you mess up. Fortunately for Sam, the Reds beat the A's, in a sweep, no less.

Why didn't Frank Cashen fire Davey Johnson at the same time as Perlozzo and most of the other coaches? Davey knew he was a goner going into 1990. I didn't know it at the time, but, boy, were those ever dark days.

Mrs. Spunky
August 28, 2008
Love that Sammy! He had a dream team in 1983 with 15 players on the roster making it to the big leagues. He still gets me tickets wherever he's coaching in the majors. Tough on the players but got the results.

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