Gene William Lamont (born December 25, 1946) is an American special assistant to the general manager of the Kansas City Royals. He was a catcher and manager in Major League Baseball who managed the Chicago White Sox (1992–1995) and Pittsburgh Pirates (1997–2000) and served as a coach for the Detroit Tigers (2006-2017). He batted left-handed and threw right-handed.
Lamont in June 2013
|Catcher / Manager|
|Born: December 25, 1946|
|September 2, 1970, for the Detroit Tigers|
|Last MLB appearance|
|May 24, 1975, for the Detroit Tigers|
|Career highlights and awards|
Lamont was a Chicago Cubs fan all his life, growing up in Kirkland, Illinois and attending Western Illinois University. He was selected by the Detroit Tigers in the 1st round, as the 13th pick, of the 1965 amateur draft, and came up with them as a September call-up in 1970, when he had 13 hits in 44 at bats. The following year, he had 1 hit in 15 at-bats. In his biggest year, he had 92 at-bats, playing as a backup to Tigers catcher Jerry Moses. After 1975, his major league career, spent entirely with the Tigers, was over. He bounced around in the minors, on triple-A Evansville (with such players as Tom Brookens and Jerry Manuel) before stopping. He ended with a lifetime batting average of .233, with 4 home runs and 14 RBI in 87 games played. He had 37 hits in 159 at-bats, and stole 1 base.
The highlight of his time as a player had been a home run in his first at bat of his career off the Boston Red Sox' Cal Koonce. However, his career would go on as a manager, beginning in 1977 with the Kansas City Royals organization managing their single-A Fort Myers team for two years. After that, he guided the double-A Jacksonville Suns to a championship in 1982 and again in 1983, being named Southern League Manager of the Year in 1982.
Finally, after two seasons with the triple-A Omaha Royals in the minors, he worked his way up to the majors, serving as a third base coach for Jim Leyland's 1986 Pirates team. By the early '90s, with the Pirates emergence as a contender, Lamont was being considered by some teams for a managing job.
In 1992, Jeff Torborg left the White Sox to take the managing job with the New York Mets, and Lamont was named manager of Chicago. That year, the Sox did well, finishing 86–76, 3rd in the American League's Western Division. However, the following year the White Sox finished 94-68 under Lamont and were first in the AL West for the first time since they won 99 games in 1983 under Tony La Russa. His team consisted of such stars as Frank Thomas, Robin Ventura, Ellis Burks, Jack McDowell, Alex Fernandez, Jason Bere, and Wilson Álvarez. Lamont took home the AL Manager of the Year award that year, and the team lost in the American League Championship Series to the soon-to-be champs, the Toronto Blue Jays.
In 1994, a baseball strike took place. When it began, the White Sox had the best record in the division; but the team did not fare as well the following year, starting out with an 11–20 record before Lamont was fired and replaced by Terry Bevington.
Lamont returned to the Pirates and began coaching again, before Leyland left in 1997, giving Lamont the job of manager once again. He was the third Pirates manager to have been a catcher during his playing career, along with Billy Meyer and Jim Leyland. Amazingly, in his first year Lamont finished second with a young, inexperienced team that was widely predicted to finish last. His team often upset many NL teams vying for playoff spots. He came in 2nd place in the manager of the year voting behind Dusty Baker of the San Francisco Giants.
He has a career record of 553–562, barely below .500 at .496, despite the many bad Pirates seasons. His all-time record in Chicago was 258–210, and he was 295–352 in Pittsburgh. Lamont had two first-place finishes, including the strike shortened year.
Lamont returned to coaching, with the Red Sox, the Astros, and (from 2006–2017) with the Tigers.
On November 12, 2011, Lamont was interviewed for the manager position for the Boston Red Sox after the Red Sox declined to exercise Terry Francona's 2012 option for manager. Lamont joined Torey Lovullo, Sandy Alomar, Jr., Pete Mackanin, and Dale Sveum vying for the managerial position. As of November 27, only Lamont and Bobby Valentine were still in contention for the position. On November 29, it was reported that Valentine would be the new Red Sox manager.
In 2013, Lamont was moved to the dugout as the bench coach and was replaced by Tom Brookens, who was previously the 1st base coach.
- As of September 18, 2015
|Team||From||To||Regular season record||Post–season record||Ref.|
|W||L||Win %||W||L||Win %|
|Chicago White Sox||1992||1995||258||210||.551||2||4||.333|||
- Shaughnessy, Dan (October 1, 2011). "Ignore the spin — Red Sox fired Francona". The Boston Globe. p. A1. Retrieved November 12, 2011.
- McDonald, Joe (12 November 2011). "Red Sox interview Gene Lamont". ESPN Boston. Retrieved 13 November 2011.
- "Royals hire Big Slick favorite Gene Lamont as special assistant to GM". FOX Sports. 2018-01-16. Retrieved 2018-01-17.
- "Gene Lamont". Baseball Reference. Sports Reference. Retrieved September 18, 2015.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or The Baseball Cube
- Gene Lamont managerial career statistics at Baseball-Reference.com
| Fort Myers Royals Manager
| Jacksonville Suns Manager
| Omaha Royals Manager
|| Pittsburgh Pirates Third Base Coach
| Pittsburgh Pirates Third Base Coach
| Boston Red Sox Third Base Coach
| Houston Astros Third Base Coach
| Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons Manager