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Michael Dennis Ferraro (born August 18, 1944 in Kingston, New Yorkmarker) is a former major league third baseman for the New York Yankees, the short-lived Seattle Pilots, and the Milwaukee Brewers.

Playing career

Ferraro was originally signed as an amateur free agent by the Yankees, where he would have two stints in the majors with New York. He was left unprotected in the 1968 expansion draft, and he was selected by the Seattle Pilots, but after only five games and four at-bats, he was traded to the Baltimore Orioles, where he spent two years in the minors. However, in , he was traded back to the Brewers (the Pilots moved to Milwaukee after only one season in Seattle), where he would play his only season as a regular player. In , he was traded to the Minnesota Twins, but was promptly released. He tried one last comeback with the Yankees in , but he never made it back to the majors.

Managerial career

He turned to managing in the Yankee farm system in 1974, and he was highly successful in his five-year career (through 1978), winning pennant at Class A, AA and AAA levels. He was the Yankees' major-league third-base coach in 1979-80, but his tenure in that post included some controversy. After Game 2 of the 1980 American League Championship Series, Ferraro was heavily criticized for waving home runner Willie Randolph, who was thrown out at home plate. Yankee boss George Steinbrenner wanted Ferraro fired summarily, but he remained at his post through the end of the LCS, which New York lost. Then, his manager, Dick Howser, resigned over the Ferraro brouhaha. Ironically, Ferraro ultimately returned to New York as a coach in 1981-82, and again in 1989.

Ferraro got his first managerial job with the Cleveland Indians to replace Dave Garcia after the 1982 season, but after a 40-60 start in 1983, he was fired. Ferraro coached with the Kansas City Royals from 1984-86, working again with Howser, and when Howser stepped down to undergo treatment for a brain tumor in , Ferraro (himself a survivor of kidney cancer) finished the season. His major league managerial record was 76-98 over parts of two seasons.

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