It was not a decision arrived at lightly, the night giving way
to morning Tuesday before Marcel Lachemann arrived at a decision
that will make modern major league history.
Lachemann, 52, elected to accept the Angels' offer to succeed
Buck Rodgers as manager. Thus, did Marcel and Rene Lachemann become
the first set of brothers to manage in the major leagues at the
same time since George and Harry Wright (with Providence and
Boston) in 1879.
Rene is the manager at Florida, the team from which Marcel
came. The latter has been the Marlins' pitching coach since their
inception in 1993, and to arrive at this decision, he solicited the
advice of Rene and Marlins' coach Doug Rader, a former Angels'
"We sat up until about 4, 4:30 this morning," Lachemann said
via telephone from the Marlins' New York hotel. "The three of us
were up in Rene's room, and when we opened the door to leave, the
paper was on the step. It was pretty emotional. It's tough to leave
The overriding factor was the opportunity to fulfill a
vanishing dream, he said, to manage at the major league level and
with the Angels, as well.
"At one time, it was a big deal," Lachemann said of his
managerial aspirations. "Then for a period of time, it was not. I
felt the situation had to be pretty right to do it. This is
probably the only place I would think of doing this because of the
area and the people who are there."
Lachemann, a native of Los Angeles, was the Angels' pitching
coach from 1984 until he resigned following the 1992 season. He
also spent two seasons as a minor league instructor with the Angels.
Bill Bavasi, the Angels' general manager, on Monday had asked
Marlins' GM Dave Dombrowski for permission to talk with Lachemann.
Following the Marlins' game with the Mets Monday night, Dombrowski
informed Lachemann of Bavasi's interest.
Lachemann spoke with Bavasi Monday night, then phoned him
Tuesday morning and accepted the position. Terms of the contract
have yet to be finalized, though Bavasi said it would extend beyond
the 1994 season.
Bavasi was evasive on the reasons behind his decision to fire
Rodgers, but not on his decision to hire Lachemann.
"We wanted someone who was very familiar with the organization
from top to bottom," Bavasi said at an Anaheim Stadium news
conference. "He's a hard worker, very organized and familiar with
us. We wanted someone not far removed from the American League.
"It's a real convenient additive that this man for a number of
years ran half a ball game (pitching). He's a very talented
all-around baseball guy that people can't help but respect. We're
very, very comfortable with him taking the reins of the ball club.
He's into wringing dry the talent of young players, and in today's
climate you must do that. You cannot waste a drop."
Perhaps the most ringing endorsement came from former Angels
manager Gene Mauch, who employed Lachemann as his pitching coach in
each his two tenures managing the Angels. …