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Joe Lefebvre #5

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Full Name:
Joe Lefebvre
Uniform #:
5

COACHING CAREER
- Lefebvre will begin his 20th campaign overall in the Giants' organization...in 2014 he will continue to work as one of the club's Major League hitting coaches.
- Lefebvre was in uniform for the first time in five years in August of 2011, working closely with current hitting coach Hensley Meulens.
- From 2008-2011, Lefebvre worked as a senior advisor of pro-scouting to general manager Brian Sabean, providing evaluations on both major and minor league levels.
- Prior to moving to the Giants' front office, he served on the Giants' coaching staff from 2002-07...manned first base coaching box for NL Champion SF while also assisting hitting instructor Gene Clines in 2002...from 2003-07 was the club's hitting coach, working with some of the games finest hitters.
- Worked as the Giants' Triple-A hitting coach from 1996-98 and the club's coordinator of minor league hitting from 1997-2001...in addition to his minor league duties, spent time with the big league club during both spring training and regular season during 2000 and 2001 campaigns.
- Prior to joining San Francisco, he was an instructor in the New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies systems.

PLAYING CAREER
- Played six seasons in the Majors as an outfielder with the New York Yankees (1980), San Diego Padres (1981-83) and Philadelphia Phillies (1983-86) before having his career cut short due to injury.
- Compiled .258 career batting avg. with 31 HRs and 130 RBI in 447 games.
- Suffered torn cartilage and ligament damage in his right knee in June 1984 and missed all of 1985 while rehabilitating.
- Returned to the big leagues in 1986, but was forced to retire after playing in only 14 games.
- Broke in with the Yankees and homered for his first ML hit, connecting off Dave Stieb at Toronto on May 22, 1980.
- Homered in his first two Major League games to tie the American League record.
- Enjoyed his finest season in 1983, hitting combined .306 in 119 games for the Padres and Phillies.
- Was originally the Yankees' third round selection in June 1977 draft.

PERSONAL & MISCELLANEOUS
- Married (Julie).
- Has two children (son, Gregory and daughter, Kristin).
- Graduated from Concord (NH) High School, where he played baseball, basketball and soccer.
- Was high school teammate of Giants general manager Brian Sabean.
- Attended Eckerd (FL) College, where he was All-American MVP in Division II College World Series as sophomore.

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