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RESUME: Chris Speier joins the Nationals as Dusty Baker's bench coach, making Washington his seventh Major League organization as a manager, coach, or instructor (including Cincinnati, San Francisco, Chicago Cubs, Arizona, Milwaukee, and Oakland)...Speier spent six season on the MLB coaching staff for the Reds, alongside Baker, as his bench coach...A member of Baker's staff in Chicago as well, serving as the Cubs' third base coach from 2005-06, Speier spent the 2004 season as bench coach for the Oakland Athletics, coached third base for the 2001 World Series champion Arizona Diamondbacks, and served in the same role for the 2000 Brewers...After retiring as a player in 1989, Speier was a roving minor league instructor for the Giants from 1990-91, hitting instructor for the Cubs' Double-A affiliate in Orlando in 1995, and compiled a 256-240 record (.516) as a manager in the Diamondbacks' minor league system from 1996-99...In 1996, his first season as a minor league manager, Speier reached the playoffs with rookie league Lethbridge, and his Class A High Desert club won the 1997 California League title.

PLAYING CAREER: Speier played 19 years professionally, posting a .246 average with 302 doubles, 112 home runs and 50 triples in a career that featured three All-Star selections (1972, 1973 & 1974), spanned stops in San Francisco, Montreal, St. Louis, Minnesota and Chicago and included three postseason appearances (1971, 1981 & 1987)...Selected by the Giants in the first round (No.2 overall) of the secondary phase of the 1970 amateur draft, Speier appeared in 2,260 Major League games...His best season came in 1972, when he hit .269 with 25 doubles, two triples, 15 home runs and 71RBI for the Giants...Hit .357 during the 1971 National League Championship Series vs the Pirates...Hit for the cycle twice in his career: July 20, 1981 vs. ATL and July 9, 1988 vs. STL...While this is his first season with the Nationals, Speier's roots in the organization run deep as he was traded from the Giants to the Montreal Expos (in exchange for INF Tim Foli) on April 27, 1977.

PERSONAL: Chris Speier resides in California with his wife, Katie...Speier has six children: Justin, Luke, Cole, Travis, Erika and Brittany.

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