Joe Espada enters his eighth season with the Marlins and fourth as the Club's third base coach. In addition to his duties as third base coach, Espada will work primarily with the outfielders. At the time of his appointment to the Major League staff on November 6, 2009, had spent previous two seasons as the Marlins' Minor League infield coordinator...Managed Atenienses de Manati in Puerto Rican Winter League this past offseason. Guided Club to 15-24 record...He joined the Marlins in 2006 as the hitting coach for Single-A Greensboro. He followed that season as the hitting coach at Single-A Jupiter...Prior to joining the Fish, Espada was an assistant coach at his alma mater, the University of Mobile in Alabama, from 2004-05.
Espada began his playing career in 1996 after being a second-round selection of the Oakland Athletics in the First-Year Player Draft that year...Climbed the ranks in the Athletics' system, reaching the Double-A level in 1998. In his second season at Double-A, hit .338 with six home runs and 51 RBI in 113 games for Midland, earning Texas League All-Star honors for his efforts. Was promoted to Triple-A Vancouver late in the season and hit .308 in six games...Appeared in 79 games for Florida's Triple-A affiliate in Calgary in 2001, posting a .300 average with three home runs and 30 RBI before being traded to Colorado on August 6...Finished his professional career in 2004, appearing in 27 games for Double-A Montgomery in the Rays' organization.
Josue Espada. He and his wife, Dr. Pamela Espada, reside in Jupiter, Fla. with their daughter Eliana Marie...Ranks among many single-season and career leaders at the University of Mobile. Holds the top two single-season batting averages in school history; .468 in 1995 and .446 in 1996. Also owns the school career record with a .442 average. Set a school record by stealing five bases in a game vs. Louisiana College in 1994.