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Ron Wotus #23

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Full Name:
Ron Wotus
Uniform #:
23

COACHING CAREER
Highly regarded baseball man has spent past 25 years in Giants organization, with 23 seasons in coaching ranks and last 15 campaigns on Major League staff. Is one of only five individuals since 1900 to serve as Giants coach for at least 10 years, joining Larry Jansen (12 years, 1954 and 1961-71), Bob Lillis (11 years, 1986-96), current pitching coach Dave Righetti (12 years, 2000-present) and Wes Westrum (10 years, 1958-63 and 1968-71). Invaluable asset has served as Giants bench coach, while also handling infield defense. Was manager in SF farm system for seven years (1991-97). Was twice named Manager of the Year, while posting overall 554-412 record (.574) in minors. His teams finished above .500 mark and made playoffs in six of seven years as skipper. Was member of coaching staff that traveled to Taiwan with MLB All-Stars in 2011. In 1998, he joined Dusty Baker's staff as a third base coach, his first Major League coaching assignment of his career. From 1996-97, served as a manager for the Giants' triple-A affiliate in Phoenix, leading Firebirds to back-to-back Pacific Coast League playoff appearances with two Southern Division championships. Was named 1997 PCL Manager of Year after piloting Firebirds to best record in all of triple-A baseball with 88-55 mark, that team finished season with one of best second half finishes in PCL history, winning 41 of its final 51 games. From 1993-95 led SF's double-A franchise at Shreveport to three straight playoff berths. His 1995 club claimed Texas League championship with 88-47 mark, best record in all of minor league baseball. Was tabbed California League Manager of Year in 1991 when he guided squad San Jose to playoffs with 92-44 ledger, best mark in all of professional baseball

PLAYING CAREER
Originally 16th round draft pick of Pittsburgh in 1979, enjoyed 11-year professional career, including parts of 1983 and 1984 seasons with Pirates...in 32 big league games with Bucs, logged .207 career mark with 2 RBI. ... Made his Major League debut Sept. 3, 1983 in Atlanta. ... 1st Major League hit was single off Dodgers' Orel Hershiser at LA July 4, 1984. ... His 1st multiple-hit game came in his last big league outing, 2nd game of Sept. 30, 1984 doubleheader at Philadelphia. ... Also played in Kansas City organization in 1987, before concluding his career in Giants' chain... played for Phoenix in 1988 and 1989, accumulating .278 batting average.

PERSONAL
Married (Laurie, Jan. 17, 1987). Graduated from Bacon (Colchester, CT) Academy in 1979. Played baseball, soccer and basketball in high school, was All-New England center forward in soccer after scoring then-record 89 career goals...averaged 30.0 points per game as All-State guard in basketball as senior. Is avid golfer and runs youth baseball clinics with former Giant Erik Johnson during winter. Has been extremely active in community activities during his 15 seasons with Giants, participating in variety of outreach programs.

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