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John Russell #77

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Begins his 20th season in professional baseball as a coach or a manager and his 11th season in the major leagues (eighth 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 2008-2010 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 the Phillies' Triple-A affiliate (Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 2006 and Ottawa in 2007)...He was named International League Manager of the Year after guiding Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to an 84-58 record and the Northern Division title in 2006…For his efforts in 2006, he served as manager at the 2007 International League All-Star Game…From 2003-2005, 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…Russell was also tabbed as the Eastern League's "Top Managerial Prospect" by Baseball America after guiding the New Britain club to an 81-58 record and a first-place finish in 1998…In 10 seasons as a minor league manager, Russell compiled a 666-667 record and three division championships…In addition to his major and minor league managing career, John also led the Phoenix Desert Dogs to a 25-19 record and a second place finish in the Arizona Fall League in 2002 and was managing Peoria in 2007 when he was named manager of the Pirates…Russell managed in Venezuela during the 2006 offseason and led the Maracaibo club to the playoffs for the first time in six years.


Originally selected by the Phillies in the first round (13th overall) of the 1982 June 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 field and right field...He made one professional pitching appearance on June 25, 1989, retiring the lone batter he faced as he coaxed a pop-out by Gerald Young.


Wife's name is Jamie...Has three sons; Brooks (10/11/87), Steel (9/5/90) and Stone (6/17/04)...Brooks graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and is pursuing an acting career in New York City and Steel was drafted as a catcher by the Orioles in the 32nd round of the 2012 draft out of Midland (Texas) Community College...Is a 1979 graduate of Norman (Okla.) High School, where he lettered in baseball, football and basketball...Also played three seasons of baseball at the University of Oklahoma...Was a 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.

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