Bob Brenley

Full Name: Robert Earl Brenly
Height: 6'2" Weight: 210 lbs.
Born: February 25, 1954 in Coshocton, OH
Major League Career: 1981 to 1989
Managerial Debut: April 2000

Year TM/L G W L PCT M/Y W-EXP A-E Standing
2001 ARI-N 162 92 70 0.568   88.7 3.3 1 WS Winner
2002 ARI-N 162 98 64 0.605   88.9 9.1 1 West Lost Div
2003 ARI-N 162 84 78 0.519   82.8 1.2 3 West
2004 ARI-N 80 29 51 0.363 1-2 32.3 -3.3 5 West
Totals 4 566 303 263 0.535   292.7 10.3  

Brenly was the Giants' starting catcher from 1984 to 1987, averaging 18 home runs per season and providing steady defense. The burly righthander was signed as a third baseman out of Ohio University (where he tied Mike Schmidt's single-season HR record), then switched to catcher in 1979, his fourth pro season. He continued to fill in at third or first base when necessary in the ML, and played 45 games at third in 1986.

Brenly won the Giants' starting catching job in 1984, hitting .291 with 20 HR and 80 RBI. He would never hit better than .267 again but he remained a consistent power threat. In Game Four of the 1987 NLCS he homered off the Cardinals' Danny Cox.

On September 14, 1986 against the Braves, in the fourth inning, Brenly tied a ML record with four errors at third base, booting three grounders and throwing wildly once to allow four unearned runs. In the fifth inning he hit a solo home run, and in the seventh he added a two-run single to tie the score, 6-6. In the bottom of the ninth with two out and the count full, he homered to win the game.

Brenly was released by the Giants after hitting only .189 in 1988. The Blue Jays signed him but released him in mid-1989. Popular in San Francisco, he was signed for their stretch drive, and after his retirement became a Giants coach under Roger Craig and Dusty Baker.

Brenly had two stints in the broadcast booth, first working Cubs games on WGN Radio and most recently working Diamondbacks games and FOX national broadcasts alongside play-by-play partner Thom Brennaman. Brenly used that experience to his advantage when he was hired to replace Buck Showalter as manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks in October 2000.

His experience paid off in 2001 when the Diamondbacks took the National League crown and then beat the Yankees in the World Series. This was Bob Brenly's first year as a manager.

The 2002 season was again successful for Brenly as Arizona captured the National League West Division but was beaten by the St. Louis Cardinals in the Divisional Playoffs. Brenly had a winning record (84-78) in 2003 but it was only good enough for a 3rd place finish in the NL West as Arizona was plagued with injuries to key players. After just 79 games in 2004 with a dismal 29-50 record, Bob Brenly was fired.





Team and League
Games managed (including ties)
Percentage of games won
Manager/Year (The latter number indicates how many managers the team employed that year, while the former indicates the chronological position of the manager [i.e. 1-2 would mean this manager was the first of two managers during that year]).
Expected Wins. Calculated for the team based on its actual runs scored and allowed. A team that allows exactly as many runs as it scores is predicted to play .500 ball.
Actual Wins Minus Expected Wins (A measure of the extent to which a team outperformed (or underperformed) its talent. (Over time this reflects good/bad managing).
Team's final standing for the season or, in the case of multiple managers, the standings at the time the manager departed.