Bob Didier

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Robert Daniel Didier

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Biographical Information[edit]

Catcher Bob Didier was selected by the Atlanta Braves in the fourth round of the 1967 amateur draft. He reached the majors as a 20 year old in 1969 and was a regular for the Braves' division-winning club that season. He played in fewer games each year of his six year major league career, even though his batting average improved during four of those years. During his time with the Braves, he became the preferred catcher of knuckleballer Phil Niekro. After his major league days, he played for the Iowa Oaks in 1975 and was a player/coach for the Richmond Braves in 1976.

Didier managed a number of minor league teams between 1977 and 1983. He joined the Oakland Athletics coaching staff beginning in 1984 and continued through 1986. After managing the Tucson Toros in 1987 and 1988, he was the Seattle Mariners third base coach in 1989 and 1990. Didier was roving minor-league catching instructor for the Toronto Blue Jays in 1991-1992 and 2000. He served the New York Yankees as an advance scout from 1997-1999 and 2001 and the Chicago Cubs in the same role from 2003-2005.

After spending two years as the Arizona Diamondbacks minor league catching coordinator, he became manager of the Yakima Bears in 2008.

Didier's uncle was Gerald Didier, a minor league infielder, and his father was Mel Didier, who was a minor league pitcher, major league scout, and farm director for the Montreal Expos in the mid-1970s. His grandfather Ray Didier coached college baseball for 40 years. Bob's son, Beau Didier, was drafted in the 40th round of the 2008 amateur draft out of high school, but headed on to Louisiana State University.

Notable Achievements[edit]

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

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1977 Kingsport Braves Appalachian League 43-27 2nd Atlanta Braves none
1978 Bellingham Mariners Northwest League 41-30 3rd Seattle Mariners
1979 San Jose Missions California League 89-51 1st Seattle Mariners League Champs
1980 Vancouver Canadians Pacific Coast League 79-60 3rd Milwaukee Brewers Lost in 1st round
1981 West Haven A's Eastern League 71-67 4th Oakland Athletics
1982 West Haven A's Eastern League 86-54 1st Oakland Athletics League Champs
1983 Tacoma Tigers Pacific Coast League 65-77 8th Oakland Athletics
1987 Tucson Toros Pacific Coast League 75-67 5th Houston Astros
1988 Tucson Toros Pacific Coast League 68-75 6th Houston Astros
1993 Syracuse Chiefs International League 23-26 10th Toronto Blue Jays replaced Nick Leyva (36-56) on July 17
1994 Syracuse Chiefs International League 71-71 5th Toronto Blue Jays Lost League Finals
1995 Syracuse Chiefs International League 25-43 -- Toronto Blue Jays replaced by Hector Torres on June 22
2002 Brevard County Manatees Florida State League 12-19 -- Montreal Expos replaced by Tony Torchia on May 7
2008 Yakima Bears Northwest League 28-48 8th Arizona Diamondbacks
2009 Yakima Bears Northwest League 28-48 8th Arizona Diamondbacks
2010 Yakima Bears Northwest League 43-33 2nd (t) Arizona Diamondbacks Lost in 1st round
Totals 16 Seasons 847-796 2 League Championships

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