Randall Max Ready (born January 8, 1960), is a former professional baseball player and current manager for the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp. Ready played in the major Leagues primarily as a utility player from 1983 to 1995. He also played one season in Japan for the Chiba Lotte Marines in 1996. He was a minor league coach for the Detroit Tigers and served as a minor league coach for the Padres.
|Second baseman / Third baseman / Left fielder|
|Born: January 8, 1960|
San Mateo, California
|September 4, 1983, for the Milwaukee Brewers|
|Last MLB appearance|
|July 9, 1995, for the Philadelphia Phillies|
|Runs batted in||239|
Professional playing daysEdit
Ready played in Puerto Rico's winter league for the Indios de Mayagüez in 1985-86. On June 12, 1986, Ready was traded by the Milwaukee Brewers to the San Diego Padres for a player to be named later. The San Diego Padres sent Tim Pyznarski on October 29, 1986 to the Milwaukee Brewers to complete the trade.
Only days after his trade to San Diego, Ready's wife Doreen suffered a heart attack that caused brain damage. At the time the Readys had three children. Four years later, Ready was awarded 24.7 million dollars by a jury that ruled a physician who had prescribed diet pills to Doreen Ready was responsible for the heart attack she had suffered.
On April 28, 1991, Ready was on the verge of completing a rare unassisted triple play. In the first inning of a game against the San Diego Padres, Ready caught a line drive hit by Tony Gwynn, stepped on second to force out Paul Faries and could have easily tagged out Tony Fernández for the third and final out, but he elected to throw the ball to first baseman Ricky Jordan. It was the Phillies' first triple-play in the history of Veterans Stadium.
In 777 games over 13 seasons, Ready posted a .259 batting average (547-for-2110) with 312 runs, 107 doubles, 21 triples, 40 home runs, 239 RBI, 326 bases on balls, .359 on-base percentage and .387 slugging percentage. He finished his career with a .966 fielding percentage playing at first, second and third base and left and right field.
Ready returned to baseball as a manager for the Oneonta Tigers in 2002–2003, where he was named the New York–Penn League Manager of the Year after leading the Tigers to a 47–27 (.635) record and a division title 2002. Ready returned to the San Diego Padres minor league system and served as manager of the Fort Wayne Wizards (Class A, Fort Wayne, Indiana) from 2004 until 2006. In 2007, Ready was named the manager of the San Antonio Missions (Class AA, San Antonio, Texas) for their inaugural season with the San Diego Padres organization. He led the team to a 73–66 (.525) record and the Texas League championship. On December 14, 2007, Ready was named the manager of the Portland Beavers (Class AAA, Portland, Oregon), a position he held until being named the hitting coach of the San Diego Padres on July 31, 2009. Following the 2009 season, Ready was a candidate to be the next manager of the Houston Astros, however the position was filled by Brad Mills.
The Padres finished the 2011 season with a 71–91 record while hitting a major league-low 91 home runs and finishing last in the National League (and next to last in MLB) in batting average (.237) and OPS (.653). They scored the third fewest runs in MLB, and they were shut out 19 times. Ready was fired by the Padres after the end of the season.
In 2012, he was the Texas Rangers' minor league hitting coordinator.
On January 8, 2016, Ready was hired to be the next manager for the Miami Marlins' Single-A affiliate, Jupiter Hammerheads.
- Friend, Tom (October 30, 1986). "Padres Send Pyznarski to Milwaukee to Complete Deal for Randy Ready". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 26, 2016.
- "Ready's wife remains critical". The Milwaukee Journal. June 17, 1986. Retrieved May 26, 2016.
- Williams, Norman D. (June 22, 1990). "Heart attack took normal life from wife, family, Ready says". The Milwuakee Journal. Retrieved May 26, 2016.
- Knoche, Eldon; Christopolos, Mike (August 4, 1990). "Ex-Brewers family wins $24.7 million in lawsuit". The Milwaukee Sentinel. Retrieved May 26, 2016.
- Holbreich, Curt (June 3, 1989). "Padres Deal Kruk, Ready to Phillies for Chris James : In Trade, Team Hopes for Power From New Player". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 26, 2016.
- "Phillies, Padres swap James, Kruk". Deseret News. June 4, 1989. Retrieved May 26, 2016.
- "Phils' Ready Opted for 'Easy' Toss And Missed Unassisted Triple Play". New York Times. Associated Press. April 29, 1991. Retrieved May 26, 2016.
- Hagen, Paul (August 27, 2015). "Ready nearly made history with 1991 triple play". MLB.com. Retrieved May 26, 2016.
- Westcott, Rich (2005). Veterans Stadium: field of memories. Philadelphia: Temple University Press. p. 81. ISBN 1-58261-303-6.
- portlandbeavers.com: Press Releases
- McTaggart, Brian. Yost stresses his credentials. MLB.com. Retrieved August 21, 2012.
- McTaggart, Brian. Mills named Astros manager. MLB.com. Retrieved August 21, 2012.
- "Padres fire another hitting coach". The San Diego Union-Tribune. September 29, 2011. Archived from the original on September 30, 2011.
- "Will Venable's slam helps Padres dump Cubs in finale". ESPN.com. Associated Press. September 28, 2011. Archived from the original on September 29, 2011.
- Canepa, Nick (September 27, 2011). "Hoyer's offseason whiffs contributed to Padres' slump". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Archived from the original on September 29, 2011.
- Braves Press Release (November 12, 2012). "Braves Name Randy Ready as New Triple-A Manager". AtlantaBraves.com.
- "Snitker to take over managerial duties at Gwinnett". MLB.com. October 14, 2013. Retrieved October 14, 2013.
- "Miami Marlins Announce 2016 Jupiter Field Staff | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". MiLB.com. Retrieved 2016-07-21.