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John Russell #77

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Full Name:
John Russell
Uniform #:
77

MANAGERIAL/COACHING CAREER

Begins his 23rd season in professional baseball as a coach or manager and his 14th season in the Major Leagues (11 as a coach, three as a manager)…The 2012 postseason was Russell's first trip to the Major League playoffs as a player, coach, or manager…Russell spent the 2008-10 seasons as manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates, compiling a 186-299 record (119-124 at home, 67-175 on the road)…Prior to being named manager of the Pirates on November 5, 2007, Russell had served the previous two seasons as manager of Philadelphia's Triple-A Ottawa...In 2007, he managed Ottawa to a record of 55-88...He was named International League Manager of the Year and served as manager at the 2007 International League All-Star Game after guiding Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to an 84-58 record and the Northern Division title in 2006...From 2003-05, Russell served as the Pirates Third Base Coach and Major League catching instructor… Began his career as a manager in the Minnesota organization, where his teams posted five winning seasons in his eight years…He was named 2002 Minor League Manager of the Year and "Best Managerial Prospect" by Baseball America after his Edmonton club captured the Pacific Coast League crown with a record of 81-59…Russell was also tabbed as the Eastern League's "Top Managerial Prospect" by Baseball America after guiding the New Britain club to an 83-59 record and a first place finish in 1998…He led Fort Myers to a record of 160-116 across two seasons before being promoted to Double-A New Brittain in 1998, where he compiled a record of 193-232 in three years...In 10 seasons as a minor league manager, Russell compiled a 666-667 record and three division championships…In his managerial debut, Russell led the Elizabethton Twins to a 33-31 record...Russell also led the Phoenix Desert Dogs to a 25-19 record and a second place finish in the Arizona Fall League in 2002 and managed in Venezuela during the 2006 offseason, where he led the Maracaibo club to the playoffs for the first time in six years.

PLAYING CAREER

Originally selected by the Phillies in the first round (No. 13 overall) of the 1982 First-Year Player Draft, the former catcher made his Major League debut for the Phillies on June 24, 1984 (as a left fielder) at Pittsburgh and recorded his first hit, a single off Larry McWilliams, that evening…He hit his first Major League home run on June 25, 1984 off New York's Ron Darling…Played in a total of 448 big league games with Philadelphia (1984-88), Atlanta (1988), and Texas (1990-93), and caught Nolan Ryan's sixth career no-hitter on June 11, 1990…Primarily a catcher, Russell also made appearances at first base, third base, and in left and right field.

PERSONAL

Russell and his wife, Jamie, have three sons: Brooks, Steel, and Stone...Steel was drafted as a catcher by the Orioles in the 32nd round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft out of Midland (TX) Community College…Russell is a 1979 graduate of Norman (OK) High School, where he lettered in baseball, football, and basketball...Played three seasons of baseball at the University of Oklahoma…Member of 1981 USA College All-Star team and held records at Oklahoma for homers in a season (20) and career (48) at the time of graduation...Russell supports the Orioles Health & Fitness Challenge for middle school students in Sarasota, FL.

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