Chris Speier

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Chris Speier
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Chris Speier in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on May 18, 2013
Shortstop
Born: (1950-06-28) June 28, 1950 (age 69)
Alameda, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 7, 1971, for the San Francisco Giants
Last MLB appearance
October 1, 1989, for the San Francisco Giants
MLB statistics
Batting average.246
Home runs112
Runs batted in720
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Christopher Edward Speier (born June 28, 1950) is an American former professional baseball player and coach. He played in Major League Baseball as a shortstop, most notably for the San Francisco Giants and the Montreal Expos.

Professional baseball career[edit]

Speier was drafted by the Giants as the second overall pick in the first round of 1970 Major League Baseball draft.[1] Speier played 19 seasons in the Major Leagues as a shortstop for the Montreal Expos, San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs and briefly for the St. Louis Cardinals and Minnesota Twins during the 1984 season.

Speier accrued a career .246 batting average and a .970 fielding percentage at shortstop. His overall playing strengths were his solid fielding and selective eye at the plate. He was also named to the National League All-Star team during the 1972, 1973 and 1974 seasons as a member of the Giants. Speier won the 1987 Willie Mac Award for his spirit and leadership during his second time with the Giants.

He hit for the cycle twice in his major league career, on July 20, 1978 as a member of the Montreal Expos in a 7-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves at Montreal and nearly 10 years later on July 9, 1988 as a member of the San Francisco Giants in a 21-2 rout of the St. Louis Cardinals at Candlestick Park.

Coaching career[edit]

Speier was a coach on the World Series champion Arizona Diamondbacks in 2001. He was the third base coach for the Chicago Cubs from 2005 to 2006.

Speier was signed by the Cincinnati Reds on October 29, 2007, as an infield coach and served as the Reds' bench coach. He also filled in when manager Dusty Baker was hospitalized in Chicago in September 2012 – this was when they clinched a playoff berth.[2] He was replaced as the bench coach by Jay Bell when Baker was fired, but stayed on in the Reds organization as a Special Assistant to General Manager Walt Jocketty.

When Baker became the manager of the Washington Nationals before the 2016 season, Speier was named bench coach; his contract expired after the 2017 season.[3]

Career statistics[edit]

Years Games PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG FLD%
19 2260 8155 7156 770 1759 302 50 112 720 847 988 .246 .327 .349 .971

Speier also played 185 games at third base, 138 games at second base and 2 games at first base. In the post-season covering 17 games (1971,1981,1987 NLCS) he batted .280 (14-for-50) with 8 runs, 1 home run and 4 RBI.

Personal life[edit]

Speier was born and raised in Alameda, California, also the hometown of Major Leaguers Willie Stargell, Dontrelle Willis and Jimmy Rollins. He graduated from Alameda High School.

Speier is the father of former MLB relief pitcher Justin Speier and the uncle of Gabe Speier.

Speier converted to Catholicism after meeting his now ex-wife and became an activist in the pro-life movement. In 1993 he was the principal of the religious Ville de Marie Academy in Scottsdale, Arizona.[4] The school was not accredited by the state, nor was it affiliated with the local diocese.

Chris Speier is currently married to Katie Speier.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1970 Major League Baseball Draft". thebaseballcube.com. Retrieved August 30, 2018.
  2. ^ "Baker stays in Chicago hospital to receive fluids". www.Reds.com. Retrieved September 22, 2012.
  3. ^ Adams, Steve (October 20, 2017). "Dusty Baker Will Not Return As Nationals' Manager In 2018". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved October 20, 2017.
  4. ^ Dave Walker (February 17, 1993). "Good Book Great Books Shortstop Turned Principal Chris Speier Still Believes in Fundamentals". Phfoenix New Times News.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Andre Thornton
Robin Yount
Hitting for the cycle
July 20, 1978
July 9, 1988
Succeeded by
Mike Cubbage
Mike Greenwell
Preceded by
Mike Krukow
Willie Mac Award
1987
Succeeded by
José Uribe
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Wendell Kim
Chicago Cubs third base coach
2005–2006
Succeeded by
Mike Quade