Jack Is this really the same Bill Connors who is the interim pitching coach of the Yankees today? His bio on this page says he was 6' 1" and 180 pounds in his playing days - that's certainly no longer the case!
December 30, 2006 From the autobiography "No More Mr. Nice Guy," a fine memoir by great manager Dick Williams, on Connors as the Seattle Mariners pitching coach: "Connors coddled [the pitchers], and it ruined us. Connors would play favorites, treating some pitchers nice and sh----ng on others. He had no regard for winning."
December 14, 2007 I remember Billy Connors' only decision in 1968. The Mets had a 2-1 lead going into the bottom of the tenth. Connors got the first two batters out with about three pitches, both ground outs. The next batter hit Connors first pitch on the ground and it bounced over the third baseman's head for a single. I thought at the time that it was a lucky scratch hit and Connors had everything under control. The next batter hit a triple to score the tying run. The following batter hit a clean single and the game was over. This type of loss wasn't unusual for the Mets, what was unusual was that Connors didn't throw more than eight pitches the entire inning. I swear that the entire inning took less than ten minutes to play. State executions should happen as quickly as this loss did. Capital punishment would seem almost merciful by comparison.
October 13, 2008 Minor league pitching coach for N.Y. Mets 1971-74. Excellent coach. Obviously a good baseball man and is still involved in baseball today. great man with great character. I believe he is with the N.Y. Yankees today. He was a definite help to a lot of players in the Mets organization in the early 1970's. Another one of their mistakes of not being a good judge of coaching ability.
April 24, 2009 Was a pitcher in Mets chain 75-79. Billy was a great guy and a great coach. Had some great stories.....most you couldn't put on this site. Taught me the circle change back in 76 before it became "hip". Always told the story about when he was with the Cubs and he was brought in to face Clemente. Durocher tells him "now don't walk him but don't give him anything to hit either!