George Eugene Mitterwald (born June 7, 1945 in Berkeley, California) is an American former professional baseball player, coach and manager. He played in 887 Major League Baseball games for the Minnesota Twins and Chicago Cubs, primarily as a catcher, over 11 seasons (1966; 1968–1977). Mitterwald, nicknamed "the Baron," threw and batted right-handed. He stood 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 m) tall and weighed 195 pounds (88 kg).
Mitteerwald played for skippers Billy Martin with the 1969 Twins and Jim Marshall with the Cubs of 1974–1976. After his active career ended in minor league baseball in 1978, Mitterwald became the bullpen coach of the Oakland Athletics in 1979 under Marshall, then was retained when Martin replaced Marshall as Oakland's manager. He continued to serve in that post under Martin for the 1980–1982 seasons, then was again hired by Martin to serve as the New York Yankees' bullpen coach in 1988, Martin's fifth and last term as the Yankees' manager.
Mitterwald also managed the Modesto A's from 1983–1985 and the Orlando Twins from 1986–1987. During the mid-1990s, he was the manager of the independent Duluth-Superior Dukes team. In 1997, he led the team to the Northern League Championship. He coached female pro pitcher Ila Borders while managing the Dukes.
By Dean Hanley
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