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Chris Speier

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Chris Speier

MANAGERIAL/COACHING CAREER: Chris Speier is in his sixth season on the Major League coaching staff...was named bench coach on Oct. 30, 2007...also serves as infield coach...went 11-4 during three stints as interim manager...in 2008, on May 23 and May 24 at SD won both games during Dusty Baker's two-game suspension...in 2010, on Aug. 13 and Aug. 14 vs. Fla. went 2-0 during another two-game suspension for Baker...in 2012, from Sept. 19-30 led the Reds to a 7-4 record while Baker recovered from an irrregular heartbeat and a mini-stroke...in 2005 and 2006 worked on Baker's staff as the Cubs' third base coach...Cin. is his sixth organization as a manager, coach or instructor (SF, ChiN, Ari, Mil, Oak)...served as the Brewers' third base coach in 2000 under skipper Davey Lopes, as third base coach in 2001 for the World Series champion Diamondbacks under Bob Brenly and as bench coach in 2004 for the Athletics under Ken Macha...after he retired as a player in 1989 was a roving minor league instructor for the Giants from 1990-91, hitting instructor for the Cubs' Class AA affiliate in Orlando in 1995 and compiled a 256-240 record (.516) as a manager in the Diamondbacks' minor league system from 1996-1999...in 1996, his first season as a minor league manager, took rookie league Lethbridge to the playoffs...his 1997 Class A High Desert club won all six playoff games on the way to the California League title.

PLAYING CAREER: Was selected by the Giants in the first round (2nd pick) of the secondary phase of the 1970 amateur draft...in his 19-year Major League career appeared in 2,260 g for the Giants, Expos, Cardinals, Twins and Cubs...was a three-time All-Star (1972-74)...produced his best season in 1972, when for the Giants he hit .269 with 25 doubles, two triples, 15 homers and 71 RBI...played in the post-season following the 1971, 1981 and 1987 campaigns...hit .357 during the 1971 National League Championship Series vs the Pirates...twice in his career hit for the cycle (July 20, 1981 vs. Atl., July 9, 1988 vs. StL)...made his big league debut after just one season in the minors...on April 27, 1977 was traded from the Giants to the Expos for Tim Foli...on July 1, 1984 was traded by the Expos, along with cash, to the Cardinals for Mike Ramsey...on Aug. 19, 1984 was traded by the Cardinals to the Twins for cash and a player to be named later (Jay Pettibone, Oct. 2, 1983).

PERSONAL: His son, Justin, was selected by the Cubs in the 55th round of the June 1995 free-agent draft and made his Major League debut with Chi in 1998...Justin also pitched for the Marlins, Braves, Indians, Rockies, Blue Jays and Angels...Chris has five other children, Luke, Cole, Travis, Erika and Brittany...wife's name is Katie.

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