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Clyde King dies at the age of 86

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Nov 03, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Former Yankees manager and general manager Clyde King has died at the age of 86.

King was briefly the Yankees manager in 1982. He went on to spend two years as the Yankees general manager, one year as a coach and from 1998 to 2005 he was a special assistant to Brian Cashman.

He is survived by his wife, Norma, their three daughters and sons-in-law, eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

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69 Responses to “Clyde King dies at the age of 86”

  1. RayVT November 3rd, 2010 at 11:13 am

    Re-Post

    Potential Free Agents for 2012 from COTTs:
    The following players have contracts expiring or should have the six years of service necessary to become free agents after the 2011 season.

    * – player whose current contract includes 2012 option

    Player Club
    First Basemen
    Prince Fielder MIL
    Ross Gload PHI
    Adrian Gonzalez SD
    Todd Helton COL *
    Ryan Howard PHI
    Casey Kotchman SEA
    Albert Pujols STL

    Second Basemen
    Clint Barmes COL
    Robinson Cano NYY *
    Jamey Carroll LAD
    Luis Castillo NYM
    Aaron Hill TOR *
    Kelly Johnson ARZ
    Brandon Phillips CIN *
    Freddy Sanchez SF
    Dan Uggla FLA
    Rickie Weeks MIL

    Shortstops
    Jason Bartlett TB
    Yuniesky Betancourt KC *
    Rafael Furcal LAD
    J.J. Hardy MIN
    John McDonald TOR
    Augie Ojeda ARZ
    Ramon Santiago DET
    Marco Scutaro BOS *
    Jack Wilson SEA

    Third Basemen
    Casey Blake LAD *
    Mark DeRosa SF
    Greg Dobbs PHI
    Edwin Encarnacion TOR
    Aramis Ramirez CHC

    Catchers
    Jason Kendall KC
    Yadier Molina STL *
    Dionar Navarro TB
    Jorge Posada NYY
    Ivan Rodriguez WAS
    Brian Schneider PHI
    Kelly Shoppach TB *
    Chris Snyder PIT *

    Outfielders
    Bobby Abreu LAA *
    Jose Bautista TOR
    Carlos Beltran NYM
    Milton Bradley SEA
    Mike Cameron BOS
    Ronny Cedeno PIT
    Ryan Church PIT
    Jack Cust OAK
    David DeJesus KC
    Matt Diaz ATL
    J.D. Drew BOS
    Jeff Francoeur TEX
    Jonny Gomes CIN
    Gabe Gross OAK
    Carlos Guillen DET
    Corey Hart MIL
    Raul Ibanez PHI
    Conor Jackson ARZ
    Ryan Ludwick SD
    Nate McLouth ATL *
    Juan Pierre CWS
    Juan Rivera LAA
    Cody Ross SF
    Grady Sizemore CLE *
    Nick Swisher NYY *
    Josh Willingham WAS

    Starting Pitchers
    Mark Buehrle CWS
    Chris Carpenter STL *
    Aaron Cook COL *
    Kyle Davies KC
    Zach Duke PIT
    Edwin Jackson CWS
    Scott Kazmir LAA *
    Brandon McCarthy TEX
    John Maine NYM
    Paul Maholm PIT
    Jason Marquis WAS
    Gil Meche KC
    Scott Olsen WAS
    Roy Oswalt PHI *
    Oliver Perez NYM
    Joel Pineiro LAA
    Wandy Rodriguez HOU
    Brian Tallet TOR
    Tim Wakefield BOS
    Chien-Ming Wang WAS
    C.J. Wilson TEX

    Relief Pitchers
    Danys Baez PHI
    Matt Belisle COL
    Heath Bell SD
    Rafael Betancourt COL
    Jonathan Broxton LAD
    Brian Bruney WAS
    Tim Byrdak HOU
    Shawn Camp TOR
    Matt Capps MIN
    Todd Coffey MIL
    Clay Condrey MIN
    Francisco Cordero CIN *
    Lance Cormier TB
    Ryan Franklin STL
    Mike Gonzalez BAL
    John Grabow CHC
    LaTroy Hawkins MIL
    Bobby Jenks CWS
    Brad Lidge PHI *
    Scott Linebrink CWS
    Javier Lopez PIT
    Ryan Madson PHI
    Damaso Marte NYY *
    Sergio Mitre NYY
    Joe Nathan MIN *
    Jonathan Papelbon BOS
    Chris Ray TEX
    Francisco Rodriguez NYM *
    Takashi Saito ATL
    George Sherrill LAD
    Carlos Silva CHC *
    Jose Valverde DET
    Tyler Walker WAS
    Michael Wuertz OAK
    Joel Zumaya DET

  2. RayVT November 3rd, 2010 at 11:14 am

    RIP Clyde King!

  3. YankeeBlue222 November 3rd, 2010 at 11:14 am

    ***Breaking News***

    Kristen Lee reportedly disgusted with NYC pigeon problem. Says their feces would ruin her magnolias and paint off new Bentley Coupe. Now skeptical about move to NY.

    Stay tuned.

  4. GreenBeret7 November 3rd, 2010 at 11:17 am

    Ray,

    not sure, but rumors are that Bobby Jenks might be non-tendered by the white sox. Depending on what he wants, he might make a reasonable bullpen option. The Diamondbacks aren’t planning on bringing Brandon Webb back, and a ST invite with a minor league contract might not be a bad choice, either.

  5. SAS November 3rd, 2010 at 11:23 am

    What concerns me is the young ‘techie’ types who do know how to crack the systems that are put in. Hopefully, most do no take advantage of the knowledge and just want to talk baseball.

    ————————————————————–

    By the way, good morning from the West.

  6. Wave Your Hat November 3rd, 2010 at 11:26 am

    JMO, but I would much prefer that the Yanks give their minor leaguers an opportunity in the pen before spending $$ on guys like Webb or Jenks.

    Jenks will cost too much anyway. Don’t know about Webb.

  7. Vineyard Yankee November 3rd, 2010 at 11:31 am

    SAS, where you from in the West ?

  8. hardwired7 November 3rd, 2010 at 11:33 am

    yikes! the shortstops on the 2012 FA list do not exactly inspire awe.

    Eduardo Núñez’s development is going to be key moving forward.

    – RIP Clyde King –

  9. SAS November 3rd, 2010 at 11:35 am

    Vineyard,

    We are in AZ and NY.

  10. 108 stitches November 3rd, 2010 at 11:38 am

    Clyde King pitched for the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1944-1952 and finished his active career with Cincinnati for 1 year in 1953.
    A big favorite of George.

  11. Vineyard Yankee November 3rd, 2010 at 11:39 am

    SAS: CA, Wine Country.

  12. Rich in NJ November 3rd, 2010 at 11:40 am

    They can’t promise Thames that he would be the everyday RH DH.

  13. Wave Your Hat November 3rd, 2010 at 11:44 am

    After this season, Thames can probably get close to $2M. I can’t see the Yanks giving him that, with all the other calls on their pocketbook.

  14. blake November 3rd, 2010 at 11:45 am

    If you could get Webb to sign a minor.league deal with very little risk attached then that wouldn’t be a bad idea…..could give them a little experienced depth. I just wouldn’t put a lot of stock in him.?

  15. Vineyard Yankee November 3rd, 2010 at 11:47 am

    SAS, you a commuter, NY in the summer and AZ in the winter ?

  16. Yankee Trader November 3rd, 2010 at 11:51 am

    GB7-

    I thought Brandon Webb might be a good reclamation project until I read this in MLB trade rumors:

    “Webb made three Instructional League appearances this fall after rehabbing from the rotator cuff and labrum injuries that sidelined him for most of 2009 and all of 2010. His fastball topped out in the low-80s, which could limit interest.”

  17. West Coast Yankee Fan November 3rd, 2010 at 11:51 am

    Wave Your Hat November 3rd, 2010 at 11:44 am

    After this season, Thames can probably get close to $2M. I can’t see the Yanks giving him that, with all the other calls on their pocketbook.

    ***************

    I think you’re right on the money, pun intended. Thames will most likely receive a better offer elsewhere and the Yankees will be looking again in the discard bun to fill the right-handed DH slot. He was a steal signing a minor-league deal for 900K. It’s going to be hard to replicate that.

  18. blake November 3rd, 2010 at 11:56 am

    Webb’s injury was a very serious one and one that’s tough to come.back from but he’s only 30….it can take awhile to regain arm strength after that surgery. As long as the investment is minimal and the risk is low then he’s not a bad guy to take a flyer on IMO..

  19. West Coast Yankee Fan November 3rd, 2010 at 11:56 am

    “NEW YORK (AP) — Television ratings for this year’s World Series equaled the lowest ever. The San Francisco Giants’ five-game victory over the Texas Rangers averaged an 8.4 rating and 14 share”.

  20. SAS November 3rd, 2010 at 11:56 am

    Vineyard,

    You could say that. We are in AZ a bit more than NY now. You and I live in in special parts of the world

  21. blake November 3rd, 2010 at 11:59 am

    I think its interesting about the world series ratings as I enjoyed it more than probably any non-yankee WS I can recall……there is nothing wrong with the product, baseball just needs to do a better job promoting, scheduling, and marketing it.

  22. Wave Your Hat November 3rd, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    blake-

    My objection to Webb is that there are only so many innings to go around. Every inning he gets is one less for one of the Yank kids’ to prove himself. The promotion Webb gets is one that they don’t get.

    The Yanks have plenty of pitching talent at AAA and AA. They should look there instead of looking around.

  23. SAS November 3rd, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    WCYF,

    Fox lost much of the NY base because of a dispute between Cablevision and FOX. They settled before the last game, but nobody knew it. The networks and cable companies just want to tae more money out of our pockets.

  24. GreenBeret7 November 3rd, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    Yankee Trader November 3rd, 2010 at 11:51 am
    GB7-

    I thought Brandon Webb might be a good reclamation project until I read this in MLB trade rumors:

    “Webb made three Instructional League appearances this fall after rehabbing from the rotator cuff and labrum injuries that sidelined him for most of 2009 and all of 2010. His fastball topped out in the low-80s, which could limit interest.”

    ———————————————————————————————————————-

    Trader,

    I’d still like to see him in ST on a no-risk invitee list to see if his fastball improves. Even if he’s healthy and he just picks up a few MPHs, with control and his good off-speed pitches, he could be effective. Just my opinion, though. He may be finished, but, if all he costs is a little meal money, it would be worth a peek.

  25. West Coast Yankee Fan November 3rd, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    SAS November 3rd, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    WCYF, Fox lost much of the NY base because of a dispute between Cablevision and FOX. They settled before the last game, but nobody knew it. The networks and cable companies just want to tae more money out of our pockets.

    ***********

    Good point about the Fox-Cablevision fiasco. It made DirecTV happy, but that’s about it. I still think the ratings would have been poor, neither team had the national fan base to grab the average fan.

  26. GreenBeret7 November 3rd, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    I always thought that the Yankees needed to schedule more split squad games during ST. Give the kids more at bats and more innings, especially for the bullpenners. You also seldom see starting pitchers get more than 15-20 innings pitched.

  27. blake November 3rd, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    Wave,

    Im right there with you regarding giving the kids every chance…I hope after Lee they don’t need to sign another starter for years. However I do think there is something to be said for having some experience in the depth part of the organization in case of injuries etc….the yanks can afford risks like that and if he were to make it back then he could provide injury insurance or be a trade chip….I don’t have a strong opinion on it but wouldn’t be opposed to it on a cheap minor league deal.

  28. Yankee Trader November 3rd, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    At the present time, barring any trades and not including possible FA signings, I’d like some input on who might fit under budget should Jeter, Rivera and Pettitte return. My list as players who could be part of the 25 man roster in April 2011:

    Pitchers: room for 3 more#12
    Burnett
    Chamberlain
    Hughes
    Logan
    Nova
    Pettitte
    Rivera
    Robertson
    Sabathia

    Position players: 9, room for 4 more
    Cervelli
    Posada
    Cano
    Jeter
    Rodriguez
    Teixeira
    Gardner
    Granderson
    Swisher

    Who do you see occupying the position spots if all FA money is spent on Lee Jeter, Pettitte and Rivera?

    Laird, Montero, Pena/Nunez?

  29. Vineyard Yankee November 3rd, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    SAS
    November 3rd, 2010 at 11:56 am

    Used to go to the AZ Biltmore for long weekends of R & R. I have a very good friend who owns a Recycling Co. in Phoenix. Wish I could make more time to go down there, I don’t know where the time goes these days just fly by. AZ is a beautiful place, you ever go up to Sedona ?

  30. RayVT November 3rd, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    GB7

    I agree a flyer on Webb could be a win-win for the Yanks. Maybe a minor league contract with a bonus option for making it to the MLB roster of a couple of Million. Would be nice to have him on a 2 yr contract like that so he doesn’t have to rush.

  31. blake November 3rd, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    If Jeter, Rivera, and Pettite all return….then adding Lee would put them right at last years payroll if not a little over. I can’t see them doing much else if Andy returns and they sign Lee.
    I would expect the remaining 6 slots after Lee to be filled with the kids….Montero, Nunez, Laird, Phelps…etc….

  32. GreenBeret7 November 3rd, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    Trader,

    drop Cervelli and replace him with Rene Rivera, bring in Laird, Montero and Nunez.

    Pitchers

    Burnett
    Chamberlain
    Hughes
    Logan
    Nova/Phelps
    Pettitte
    Rivera
    Robertson
    Sabathia
    Lee (sign)
    Brackman
    Sanchez

    Offense

    Rene Rivera
    Posada
    Cano
    Jeter
    Rodriguez
    Teixeira
    Gardner
    Granderson
    Swisher
    Laird
    Nunez
    Montero
    Golson/Thames

  33. Bronx Jeers November 3rd, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    Just a bad year for the Yankee old-timers.

    I’d say “Rest Peacefully” but with George up there I’m not sure that’s going to happen. :wink:

  34. GreenBeret7 November 3rd, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    Ray, resigning Jeter, Pettitte and Rivera, along with Lee means that Cashman needs to be creative with the rosters/personnel to keep payroll near last year’s. An invite to Webb (if he accepts it), could do that.

  35. blake November 3rd, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    GB,
    do you think Laird could adapt to the outfield enough to hold down a backup corner OF/3B job next year? If so then potentially he and Nunez could back up every position other than catcher and CF.

  36. disco stu November 3rd, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    “Who do you see occupying the position spots if all FA money is spent on Lee Jeter, Pettitte and Rivera?”

    Well, if the Yankees are going to be doing some sort of quasi-catcher by committee, I would rather they dump Cervelli (below average hitting/fielding) and acquire an above average defensive backtsop to tandem with Posada (who I am guessing will continue to be phased out even more next year) and Montero (who they will probably spoon-feed).

    How about re-acquiring Jose Molina? I know he cant hit to save his life, but he is definitely an above average catcher and the most of the Yankee pitchers already have experience pitching to him. Is he a FA or would they have to trade for him?

  37. RayVT November 3rd, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    Yankee Trader November 3rd, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    I expect the Yanks to have these guys:

    Pitchers: room for 3 more#12
    1. Cliff Lee
    2. Andrew Brackman or David Phelps
    3. Noesi or Aceves

    Position players: 9, room for 4 more
    1. Eduardo Nunez 2b, ss, 3b, of
    2. Brandon Laird 3b, 1b, lf, rf
    3. Marcus Thames dh or Jorge Vazquez dh, 1b, 3b
    4. Jesus Montero c, dh

  38. Against All Odds November 3rd, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    R.I.P.

  39. RayVT November 3rd, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    GreenBeret7 November 3rd, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    I agree about Rene Rivera instead of Cervelli. Trading Cervelli would be nice. I wonder about Golson. If he could hit it would be wonderful! LOL!

  40. West Coast Yankee Fan November 3rd, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    More sad news:

    “Former Reds and Detroit Tigers manager Sparky Anderson is in hospice at his home in Thousand Oaks, CA. for complications resulting from dementia. Anderson family’s said in a statement Wednesday they appreciate the support and kindness that friends and fans have shown throughout the Hall of Famer’s career and retirement”.

  41. RayVT November 3rd, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    disco stu November 3rd, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    Rene Rivera who is already a Yankee is much better addition as the backup defensive catcher slot than Molina or Cervelli plus he costs a lot less. I expect him to be on the roster for 2011.

  42. RayVT November 3rd, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    WCYF

    Thanks for the update! I liked Sparky! Very sad indeed! I lived in Michigan when he coached the Tigers. BTW, Tigers were 9-0 over 2 seasons of games I went too and I wasn’t rooting for the Tigers! LOL! So I stopped going to their games!

  43. SAS November 3rd, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    WCYF,

    I am not a fan of the Biltmore. We stayed there once. It happened to be cold, and there was nothing for a non-golfer to do. I am not a fan of Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture so all in all I didn’t like it. We stayed at The Boulders for years.

    Yes, I love Sedona…a gorgeous place in this world and so charming.

  44. Wave Your Hat November 3rd, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    Nunez hit .289/.340/.381 in 506 PAs at Scranton this year. That does not translate to the majors very well. I’m not ready to name him the next anything yet.

  45. GreenBeret7 November 3rd, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    Blake, so far, Laird doesn’t appear to be having trouble playing left field in the AFL so far. Just 1 error and 2 assists (1 double play). also, with Nunez playing the outfield during winter ball will be another interesting project. I think that they’ll both do fine. at worst, I can’t see Laird being much different than Swisher.

  46. SAS November 3rd, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    Sorry to hear about Sparky. His name described him well. I preferred when he managed the Reds.

  47. disco stu November 3rd, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    RayVT –

    I’m not familiar with Rene Rivera … is he a prospect or does he have ML experience with another club?

  48. Yankee Trader November 3rd, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    disco stu-

    The Blue Jays picked up Jose Molina’s 1.2 M option this week.

  49. GreenBeret7 November 3rd, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    Ray, I think that with Golson’s speed and defense at all three spots, if he hits .240-.250, he’d be just fine as a 4/5 outfielder.

  50. blake November 3rd, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    Gb,

    Thanks..I.haven’t seen him play much. Looking forward to it.

  51. Yankee Trader November 3rd, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    Rene Rivera came up with the Mariners and is a good defensive catcher, with some pop, now with Trenton AA, helping to nurse those pitchers.

  52. Joe from Long Island November 3rd, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    SAS – you’re right about the Cablevision dispute with FOX. And, to top it off, in the 7th inning of Game 5, right after Cruz’ HR, we lost all cable service until after midnight. Cablevision is not on my happy list.

    While it’s hard to argue with getting a good, veteran arm for the rotation, I agree that I wouldn’t tie up a rotation spot long term with that person. You’ve got to give a shot to youngsters, Brackman, Banuelos, Betances, Phelps. That’s what makes Andy especially attractive. On the one hand, he’s a “hold the fort” guy, allowing you to develop the youngsters, while still being a top notch pitcher.

  53. JEKIKASO November 3rd, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    JMO, But i think if you move Montero up to M.L. you have to use him for more than a benchplaye

  54. upstate kate November 3rd, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    I watched at least part of every game, and enjoyed the WS as much as I could w/o the Yankees being there. I still think the games need to start earlier, altho they were quick moving games. When the games don’t start until after 8, you are losing the kids who have school, and the adults who have to work early.

  55. Vineyard Yankee November 3rd, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    SAS:

    Well that summed it up pretty well the non golfer part. I liked the golf, pool and the weather. The rest is just there, droll and plain. Having more than one course was a nice addition so as to not play the same course each day. Thanks for the tip on the Boulders I will check it out on Google.

  56. West Coast Yankee Fan November 3rd, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    SAS November 3rd, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    WCYF, I am not a fan of the Biltmore. We stayed there once. It happened to be cold, and there was nothing for a non-golfer to do. I am not a fan of Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture so all in all I didn’t like it. We stayed at The Boulders for years.

    Yes, I love Sedona…a gorgeous place in this world and so charming.

    *************

    SAS – wrong person!

  57. SAS November 3rd, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    Kate,

    I watched too from AZ. I am jaded and found it boring without East Coast teams…in particular that teams that plays in the Bronx. It was more like watching a slaughter and w/o the Yankees being the slaughterers……eh.

  58. Vineyard Yankee November 3rd, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    SAS:

    SAS November 3rd, 2010 at 12:32 pm
    Typo to WCYF, s/b Vineyard.

  59. SAS November 3rd, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    Vineyard,

    There are many places to stay, and because there are so many great public courses, it is unnecessary to stay at such an expensive place unless you like that type of thing.

    —————————————

    WCYF,

    Sorry got he 2 of you confused.

  60. upstate kate November 3rd, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    SAS
    Yeah, I understand that. I was down in FL for a long weekend visiting my Mom, along w/ one of my sisters from MA. Since their teams were not playing, they had absolutely no interest in watching the games.

  61. GreenBeret7 November 3rd, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    Joe, Banuelos won’t be ready for a couple more years at least and Betances will be innings limited this year and probably will be about where Hughes was this year in 2012.

  62. RayVT November 3rd, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    disco stu November 3rd, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    GB7 got me to looking at Rene Rivera. He has a strong & accurate arm behind the plate. He was in the Mariner’s organization and came to the Yanks in May of 2010 from the Mets organization. He has some pop in his bat, but is noted for his defense. He throws out runners at an apealing rate of > 26% and last year even in AA at 52%. He would be a good #3 catcher.

  63. Vineyard Yankee November 3rd, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    SAS: Actually the costs weren’t too bad, probably had something to do with going there at the height of the AZ heat, blistering hot. Nothing recent though and now days there is no way I would be out in the heat like that. We used to play and it was 105 – 110 out.

  64. charlestonchew November 3rd, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    When do we find out who won the AL MVP?

  65. RayVT November 3rd, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    Thanks GB! I’d love to se Golson hit .250+ for the Yanks with that cannon for an arm in the OF.

  66. SAS November 3rd, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    Vineyard,

    It is most expensive and nicest here February, March, April, and from my point of view October, November when there are fewer tourists.

  67. Erin November 3rd, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    New Post: The vague numbers of the Yankees payroll

    :arrow:

  68. Vineyard Yankee November 3rd, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    SAS:

    Gotts ya. As I recall there weren’t too many tourists out in that heat at that time. Looking back I probably needed my head examined for being outside in that heat myself multiple times. LOL ! !

  69. 108 stitches November 3rd, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    Given a choice between Marcus Thames or Jorge Vazquez, I’ll take Vazquez. Thames has a very limited glove, Vazquez adds more versatility.
    With the idea of Montero, A-Rod, and Jeter getting most of the RH at bats as the DH’s, Thames will be excess.
    I’d also like to see what Rene Rivera looks like in spring training as an option over Cervelli unless Cashman finds a good backup catcher using some of the expendable pieces in the farm system.

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