Lifelong baseball man and former Major League infielder will return for seventh season as SF's third base coach. 2013 campaign will mark 17th year of coaching, and 14th on big league level. 2007 season was first foray on field since 2002, as he was reunited with Giants manager Bruce Bochy. Manned third base coaching box for Bochy's San Diego clubs for seven-straight years (1996-2002), in fact, had spent each of first 23 years in professional baseball in Padres organization after being selected by club in sixth round of 1978 draft. Spent first 11 years of Friars tenure as player (1978-89), then logged 10 seasons as coach (1993-2002) and two campaigns as broadcaster (2005-06). Is one of four people in Padres history to be in uniform for both of San Diego's World Series appearances (1984 as player and 1998 as coach). Was out of baseball from 1990-92 and 2003-04. Compiled 173-183 (.486) record over three years as minor league manager, while winning 1994 California League championship with Rancho Cucamonga. Served on Bochy's NL coaching staff for 2011 All-Star Game in Arizona and 1999 in Boston
Established himself as one of San Diego's all-time fan favorites with his hustle and all-out play, while spending entire 10-year Major League career with Padres (1979-89). Was honored in 2003 as one of top 35 players in Padres history...batted .255 over 972 big league games, fourth-most in Padres history...only Tony Gwynn, Garry Templeton and Dave Winfield have logged more games in Friars uniform. Made ML debut Sept. 3, 1979 vs. San Francisco, going 1-for-3 with RBI as San Diego's leadoff hitter...delivered RBI-single off Giants' Ed Whitson for first big league hit. Hit his first ML home run on April 26, 1983 at Wrigley Field,a solo clout off Cubs' Chuck Rainey. Played major role off bench for the Padres' pennant-winning club in 1984, hitting at .273 clip over 86 games...in Game 5 of NLCS at San Diego's Jack Murphy Stadium, hit ground ball that skipped past Cubs 1st baseman Leon Durham and ignited four-run, 7th-inning rally that clinched Padres' first-ever NL title. In lone World Series at-bat, collected pinch-hit single in Game 4 at Detroit.
Married (Donna)...son (Danny, April 28, 1985)...has two daughters (Virginia, Sept. 1, 1987; and Kelly, July 23, 1991). Attended Chapman (Orange, CA) College, where he played baseball. Has been active in both San Diego and San Francisco communities during his professional career. Has held several benefit concerts throughout Bay Area for injured Giants fan Bryan Stow.