Feb 16, 2017

Long Time Mets Minor League Manager & Big League Coach: Bobby Floyd (1986-2009)

Robert Nathan Floyd was born October 20th 1943 in Hawthorne, California. He attended the University of Southern California, laying for the UCLA Bruins. He was drafted as an amateur free agent in 1964 by the Baltimore Orioles.

Floyd was with the Orioles at the height of their AL domination, and not having much of a chance as a weak hitting infielder since the big league club had Brooks Robinson, Davey Johnson & Mark Belanger. He had cups of coffee in each season with Baltimore from 1968-1970. In those years they got to two World Series losing to the Amazing Mets in 1969 & beating the Cincinnati Reds in 1970.

1969 World Series: In 1969 was with the club all season & sat on the bench as the Amazing Mets upset the Orioles in five games. He did not expect to play unless Earl Weaver needed a pinch runner. He earned his $14,904 World Series share as well.

Baseball Card: The back of his 1974 Topps baseball card noted, he was into hypnotism.

He was long gone from the O's by the 1970 Series, as he was traded that June to the Royals in their first season at Kansas City. He spent five years in KC, seeing guys like Frank White & Freddie Patek solidly locking up the middle infield positions. 

In a seven year career he plated 214 games batting .219 with no HRs & 26 RBIs. He played short stop (98) games second (56 games) & third base (48 games).

Post Playing Career: After his playing career Floyd began as a minor league manager for the newly formed Seattle Mariners. He remained there from 1977-1985 getting to three playoff berths. After that he became a long time coach & manager in the New York Mets organization.

In 1986 he managed The Lynchburg Mets in the Carolina League. Floyd then managed the Kingsport Mets (1987-1988) winning the league championship in 1988. He then became the Mets minor league field coordinator for the next 12 years.

In 2001 he was the Mets bench coach under Bobby Valentine. He later managed the Norfolk Tides (2002-2003) & the Gulf Coast Mets (2006-2008). Floyd continued his baseball career in the 2010's.

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