OKLAHOMA CITY -- Larry Parrish finished up his fourth season as Toledo skipper in fine fashion Saturday night, winning his second consecutive International League title. While such an impressive resume would likely garner some attention from Major League teams, he isn't worried too much about his future.
Parrish, who also has more than a season's worth of service as a big-league skipper, seems content in Toledo and speaks glowingly of the organization, the fans and the ballpark. So don't be surprised if he winds up back in the manager's office at Fifth Third Field in 2007.
"I don't think about it too much because I don't have any control over it," Parrish said about moving upward. "There are only so many Major League jobs, and it's not something that has to happen for me to be content with the game. It's one of those things that if it happens, fine. But if it doesn't, that's fine too."
Parrish is 302-280 as skipper of the Mud Hens. He also won a Southern League title with Jacksonville in 1996.
Still talkin' homers
"It's been a bit of a different club to watch," said Parrish, whose team connected for 22 homers in the playoffs, accounting for 31 percent of its hits. "We generally strike out in double digits, but we also have the chance to hit a couple of bombs. We generally look to put the big inning up. We've kind of defied logic the whole season."
"I think it's tough to repeat at anything," Parrish said. "Last year was almost a fairy tale. It took so long to win again in Toledo. To go back-to-back is such an unbelievable feeling.
"But when guys predict a three-peat, they have [Michael] Jordan or [Shaquille] O'Neal playing for them. Guys at that level can go for the next one."
"I told all the guys that this is 'The House that Ludwick Built,'" he said. "I told everyone I get 10 percent of the gate. I used to be able to run back then. I played center field."
Parrish was on the first flight, which made stops in Chicago and Kansas City before touching down in Oklahoma City at 10 p.m. ET, about seven hours after they set out. The second flight got delayed in Chicago because of weather, and after stopping in St. Louis, arrived in Oklahoma City close to 2 a.m. on Monday.
Compounding matters was the fact that it had rained quite a bit over the weekend, leaving the field unusable for batting practice Monday afternoon. The Mud Hens hit in the stadium's underground cages.
"To go through all that to get here today and the field is a mess because of all the rain," Parrish said. "We didn't get that message until we got to the ballpark."
"We'll play the game as hard as we can play it," he said. "But it's tough, especially with that last series we had. It goes five games, and then to turn around and try to fire them back up. I don't know how they'll come back tomorrow. I know they want this to be like another series.
"And everyone might not feel about it the way I do. But it's like if you won the World Series and then went to Japan to play one game against their team that won. I don't think one game is going to decide anything."
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Kevin Czerwinski is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.