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Welby Sheldon "Buddy" Bailey (born March 28, 1957 in Norristown, Pennsylvania) is an American professional baseball manager and former Major League coach with 40 years of experience in the game, 30 as a minor league manager. Bailey was named manager of the South Bend Cubs of the Single-A Midwest League on January 9, 2019. He has been a member of the Chicago Cubs' organization since 2006.

Buddy Bailey
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Buddy Bailey manages the Daytona Cubs in 2011
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Born: (1957-03-28) March 28, 1957 (age 62)
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MiLB managerial statistics
(through 2017)
Win–loss record2,228–2,095 (.515)[1]
Career highlights and awards

In 2016, his first season as skipper of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans of the Carolina League, the Cubs' Class A-Advanced affiliate,[1] he led the Pelicans to the league championship.[2] Previously, in 2015, he had spent his fourth consecutive season and fifth year overall as skipper of the Tennessee Smokies, the Cubs' Double-A Southern League affiliate.[3] The veteran minor league pilot won his 1,500th game in May 2011[4] and exceeded the 2,000-win mark during 2016.


Career in Cubs' organizationEdit

Bailey initially joined the Cub system in 2006 as its roving minor league catching instructor, before assuming the managerial reins of the Daytona Cubs of the Class A Florida State League in the middle of that season. He then spent 2007 and 2008 as a manager in high classification leagues, including one year as skipper of the Smokies. Bailey spent 2007 as pilot of the Iowa Cubs of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League, and finished second overall in the PCL American North Division standings with a 79–65 record. In 2008, his Smokies finished in last place in the SL's North Division with a mark of 62–77 (.446).[5] He was replaced by Ryne Sandberg as Smokies' manager on December 17, 2008.[6]

Bailey then returned to Daytona for the 2009–11 seasons. His 2011 Daytona Cubs finished 76–61 during the regular season and won the first-half championship of the Florida State League's Northern Division.[7] The Cubs then won the FSL playoff championship, earning Bailey a promotion to his second term as manager of the Double-A Smokies for 2012.[8] His 2012 club missed the SL playoffs (compiling a record of 72–68), but the 2013 edition finished 76–62, the best overall record in the Southern League North Division, to qualify for the postseason. The Smokies then fell to the eventual league champion Birmingham Barons in the first playoff round, three games to two.

His 2016 Pelicans won 82 of 139 games played (.590) during the regular Carolina League season, then defeated the Salem Red Sox and Lynchburg Hillcats in the playoffs to win the league title. Bailey was rehired for the 2017 season on December 16, 2016.[9] In 2017, his Pelicans finished 73–67 and won their first-half division title, but fell in the first playoff round. Bailey was invited to return for 2018 and his third straight campaign with Myrtle Beach on January 18, 2018.[10]

Roots with the Atlanta BravesEdit

A graduate of Amherst County High School, Amherst, Virginia, and Lynchburg College,[11] Bailey signed his first pro contract with the Atlanta Braves in 1979. A catcher, he threw and batted right-handed, stood 6 feet (1.83 m) tall and weighed 193 pounds (87.5 kg). Bailey never reached Major League Baseball as a player, hitting .210 with six home runs over four minor league seasons, mostly at the Class A level.[12] He managed in the Atlanta organization from 1983–90, winning the Southern League pennant as pilot of the Greenville Braves in 1988.

Red Sox minor league skipper, scout and coachEdit

Bailey joined the Boston Red Sox as manager of their Class A Lynchburg Red Sox affiliate in the Carolina League in 1991–92. He then became the ninth skipper in the history of the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox in 1993, the youngest manager in team history at the time. He would lead the "PawSox" for seven seasons, spread over two terms (1993–96; 2002–04). Under Bailey, the PawSox played for the 2003 Governors' Cup, the championship of the International League. They were defeated by the Durham Bulls. He won Manager of the Year twice in the IL, in 1996 and 2003, becoming one of only four managers to do that in league history.

Bailey also spent one season (2000) in the Major Leagues as the bench coach for the parent Red Sox and was Boston's advance scout, field coordinator of minor league instruction, or roving catching instructor during the period of 1997–99 and in 2001.

Bailey also has been the manager of Tigres de Aragua of the Venezuelan Winter League (LVBP) since 2002 and has collected six championships and two sub-championship in nine finals, while leading the Tigres to the 2009 Caribbean Series title. He also was named the VWL Manager of the Year in the 2006–07 season.


  1. ^ a b Myrtle Beach Pelicans news at,
  2. ^ Leventhal, Josh, ed. (2016). Baseball America 2017 Almanac. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America. ISBN 978-1-932391-68-8.
  3. ^
  4. ^ Daytona Beach News-Journal, 2011.5.5 Archived July 27, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Minor League Baseball Statistics
  6. ^ "Cubs Scout". Archived from the original on 2008-12-20. Retrieved 2008-12-17.
  7. ^ Minor League Baseball Standings
  8. ^ Daytona Beach News-Journal, 2011.12.22 Archived January 30, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ "Bailey to Return as Pelicans' Skipper," Myrtle Beach Pelicans official website
  10. ^ Kornberg, Scott (18 January 2018). "Myrtle Beach Welcomes Bailey Back as Skipper". Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  11. ^ Boston Red Sox 2001 Media Guide, pp. 439-440
  12. ^

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Preceded by
Russ Nixon
Greenville Braves manager
Succeeded by
Chris Chambliss
Preceded by
Rico Petrocelli
Gary Jones
Pawtucket Red Sox manager
Succeeded by
Ken Macha
Ron Johnson
Preceded by
Grady Little
Boston Red Sox bench coach
Succeeded by
Dave Jauss
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Don Buford
Jody Davis
Daytona Cubs manager
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Jody Davis
Brian Harper
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Mike Quade
Iowa Cubs manager
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Pat Listach
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Pat Listach
Brian Harper
Tennessee Smokies manager
Succeeded by
Ryne Sandberg
Mark Johnson
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Mark Johnson
Myrtle Beach Pelicans manager
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Steven Lerud
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Jimmy Gonzalez
South Bend Cubs manager
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