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Lee Elia : biography

July 16, 1937 -

Lee Constantine Elia (born July 16, 1937) is a former Albanian-American professional baseball player and manager in Major League Baseball. He was a manager of the Chicago Cubs ( - ) and the Philadelphia Phillies (–). Additionally, he has served as a coach for the Phillies, New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Baltimore Orioles, and Seattle Mariners. He was hired by the Atlanta Braves as a special assistant to general manager Frank Wren in November 2010.http://blogs.ajc.com/atlanta-braves-blog/2010/11/12/braves-hires-include-ex-managers-elia-trembley/

Managerial career

Elia managed in the Phillies organization from 1975 through 1979. After the 1979 season, it was reported that Elia was considered for manager of the big league club, a job that eventually was kept by interim manager Dallas Green. Elia received his first big-league assignment when he was hired by Green to manage the Cubs in 1982. Chicago finished in fifth place in 1982, with a 73-89 record.

Elia is often remembered for a profanity-laced tirade directed at the fans at Wrigley Field on April 29, 1983. After the Cubs suffered a one-run home loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers, Elia made post-game remarks to four reporters — the Chicago Tribune's Robert Marcus, the Chicago Sun-Times' Joel Behrig, the Daily Herald's Don Friske and WLS-AM's Les Grobstein (who recorded it with the only microphone that was in the room) - in which he blasted Cubs fans in the stands for booing and heckling the team:

At that time, games at Wrigley Field were only held during the afternoon, as the stadium did not yet have lights; the team had a record of 5-14. Elia continued to lead the Cubs until being fired on August 21, and was replaced by Charlie Fox, with the Cubs again in fifth, with a 54-69 mark. Coincidentally, Elia had been one of several Phillies' personnel brought to Chicago when Green was named Cubs general manager.

Elia got another chance to manage in the major leagues when he took over his old club, the Phillies, in 1987. After leading the team for parts of two seasons, he was fired in late 1988, with Philadelphia in last place with a 60-92 record. Elia led Phillies minor-league teams, leading Clearwater to a Florida State League pennant in 1991 and the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons to an International League division title the following year.

Elia held three different coaching jobs with the Seattle Mariners during the 2008 season. During the 2007–08 offseason, he was named "special assistant to the manager" by then-manager John McLaren. He was then moved into the hitting coach position on June 9, 2008 upon the dismissal of Jeff Pentland. Less than two weeks later, with the dismissal of McLaren, he was promoted to bench coach, a position he held for the remainder of the 2008 season (Elia held the same position with the Mariners from -). Elia was dismissed by the Mariners after the 2008 season. On January 25, 2009, the Los Angeles Dodgers hired him as a special assistant to General Manager Ned Colletti.

Playing career

Originally signed by the Phillies in 1959, Elia was sent to the Chicago White Sox organization in 1965, when he hit 29 home runs for AAA Indianapolis. In 1966, he split time at shortstop with Jerry Adair, batting .205 in 195 at-bats for the White Sox. Elia spent the rest of his playing career in the minor leagues, except for a stint as a pinch hitter for the Cubs in 1968.

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