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Don Wakamatsu

1983 Alaska Goldpanners
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Full Name Donald Wakamatsu
Position Catcher
83 Class Sophomore
Out of Arizona State
H/W ; B/T 6-2 / 200 ; R/R
Birthday February 22, 1963
Birthplace Hood River, OR
MLB Debut May 22, 1991

Drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 11th round of the 1985 amateur draft
 

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  • 1/20/8: Ex-Goldpanner Wakamatsu to lead Seattle Mariners  Wakamatsu was the catcher for the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks during the summer of 1983 when the Panners posted a record of 42-19 under Dave Snow. Wakamatsu had a .318 batting average that summer and caught pitchers such as Joe Magrane, Alex Madrid and Brad Arnsberg. Some of the other players on that team included Shane Mack and Oddibe McDowell.

  • 11/19/8: Don Wakamatsu (83) Named Seattle Mariners manager

  • June 3, 1985: Drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 11th round of the 1985 amateur draft.

  • March 29, 1989: Released by the Cincinnati Reds.

  • April 4, 1989: Signed as a Free Agent with the Chicago White Sox.

  • October 7, 1991: Granted Free Agency.

  • December 10, 1991: Signed as a Free Agent with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

 


Career

Wakamatsu was a three-sport star at the Bay Area's Hayward High School in high school, and ultimately chose baseball over football due to his lack of size.[3] He was also an All Pacific-10 catcher during his last three years at Arizona State University where he was a teammate of Barry Bonds. He was the last pick of the 1984 draft, but decided to return to ASU. In 1985, he was drafted in the 11th round by the Cincinnati Reds.

Wakamatsu played 18 games in the majors as a backup catcher for the Chicago White Sox in 1991,[4] working in all of his starts for knuckleballer Charlie Hough. He also caught in the minor leagues from 1985 through 1996.

Following his playing retirement, Wakamatsu managed in the minors for Rookie-Level Peoria Chiefs (1997) and Double-A El Paso Diablos (1999) and Erie SeaWolves (2000), posting a 215-248 record. In 1998 was named Manager of the Year in the California League, [4] after leading the High Desert Mavericks to the playoffs.

In 2001 and 2002, Wakamatsu was a roving catching instructor in the Anaheim Angels organization. From 2003 to 2006, he was the Texas Rangers' bench coach. During the 2006 season, he served as manager for two games while Buck Showalter was in the hospital with an irregular heartbeat brought about due to dehydration, and in 2007, took the third base coach job when Ron Washington took over as manager.

In 2008 Wakamatsu was the bench coach of the Oakland Athletics. He also has served in the Arizona Diamondbacks, Cleveland Indians, Seattle Mariners and Chicago Cubs organizations, and was a candidate for the head coaching positions in Oakland and Texas in 2006.


1983 Alaska Goldpanners
Roster Statistics Results Schedule NBC

Batting Stats

YEARGABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBSHBAVG

1983

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TM TOT'S612037469643104376364330830111082931.316

 

 

  

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Major League Career Statistics 1986-2007

Batting Stats

 

 

Managerial record

Year Team League Record Finish Organization
1997 AZL Diamondbacks Arizona League 27-29 4th Arizona Diamondbacks
1998 High Desert Mavericks California League 82-58 2nd Arizona Diamondbacks
1999 El Paso Diablos Texas League 64-76 7th Arizona Diamondbacks
2000 Erie SeaWolves Eastern League 47-94 12th Anaheim Angels

 

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