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Joseph Alan Vavra

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[edit] Biographical information

Infielder Joe Vavra graduated Chippewa Falls Senior High School in 1978, and University of Wisconsin-Stout in 1985.

Vavra was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1982 amateur draft out of the University of Wisconsin-Stout. He played five years in the Dodger chain, making it to the AAA level.

Vavra was named coach of the GCL Dodgers in 1987. From 1989-1990 he was the manager of the Great Falls Dodgers, winning league titles both years. Vavra moved up to the Yakima Bears in 1991-1992. In 1993, Vavra managed the Vero Beach Dodgers, then returned to Yakima from 1994 to 1997, taking the league title in 1996. Vavra was a Dodgers' roving major league coach the first half of 1998 and the minor league field coordinator the second half, then split 1999 the same way. He was also an interim manager for the San Bernardino Stampede in 1998. In 2000 he was the minor league baserunning and bunting instructor.

In 2001, Vavra was the coach at his alma mater.

From 2002-2005, Vavra was the minor league field coordinator for the Minnesota Twins, and in 2006, he was named hitting coach for the Twins.


[edit] Year-By-Year Minor League Managerial Record

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1989 Great Falls Dodgers Pioneer League 53-14 1st Los Angeles Dodgers League Champs
1990 Great Falls Dodgers Pioneer League 48-20 1st Los Angeles Dodgers League Champs
1991 Yakima Bears Northwest League 44-32 2nd Los Angeles Dodgers Lost League Finals
1992 Yakima Bears Northwest League 65-71 6th Los Angeles Dodgers
1993 Vero Beach Dodgers Florida State League 56-77 12th Los Angeles Dodgers
1994 Yakima Bears Northwest League 49-27 1st Los Angeles Dodgers Lost League Finals
1995 Yakima Bears Northwest League 27-48 8th Los Angeles Dodgers
1996 Yakima Bears Northwest League 40-36 3rd Los Angeles Dodgers League Champs
1997 Yakima Bears Northwest League 23-53 8th Los Angeles Dodgers
1998 San Bernardino Stampede California League 2-2 -- Los Angeles Dodgers replaced Mickey Hatcher (29-48) on June 25 /
replaced by Tim Wallach on June 29

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