Perry Hill is a very special guy that has made such a significant impact on so many players’ lives; they all just rave about him. Bone is very dedicated to his job and does it extremely well. A great communicator, very positive, and has a great deal of energy. Perry had a plan for every situation we were ever in, and he is extremely well prepared. When we were in Florida together, I gave him full authority to run the show. That should tell you all you need to know; He is the Best in the Business!
John Aloysius McKeon, known throughout the galaxy as “Trader Jack,” spent his entire playing career as a catcher (GASP!) in the minor leagues.
Jack began his major league managing career with the Kansas City Royals where he managed from 1973 – 1975. Then, in 1977 (very good year!) and 1978 he managed with the Oakland Athletics.
Jack took the next ten years off and in 1988, he made his triumphant return to managing with the San Diego Padreswhere he stayed until 1990.
McKeon took the next seven years off possibly to visit Tibet (yes, I totally went there) and returned in 1997 aAnother great year!) to coach the Cincinnati Reds for the next three seasons where he would win the first of his two National League Manager of the Year awards in 1999. His second would come with the Marlins in 2003.
Interesting story about how McKeon came to become the Marlins manager in 2003. After the Marlins fired Jeff Torborg and were scrambling to find someone to replace him the front office asked Bill Beck, the club’s senior director of team travel, about, “His Guy” who was, of course, Jack McKeon, with whom Bill had worked previously with the Padres and Royals. On Bill’s recommendation the club hired McKeon and he promptly led the Marlins to their second World Championship in team history. Thanks to both Bill Beck and his lovely daughter, and my good friend, Lauren Beck for providing this great story.
Today Jack is again managing the Marlins as the oldest manager currently in Major League Baseball and second oldest person to ever manage at 80 years young.