Chris Speier

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Chris Edward Speier

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Biographical Information[edit]

The father of pitcher Justin Speier and uncle of Gabe Speier, shortstop Chris Speier played 19 years in the majors and as of 2013 is bench coach of the Cincinnati Reds.

Speier was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in 1970 and made his big league debut in 1971 after just one season in the minors. He became the Giants starting shortstop as a rookie and hit .357 against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1971 NLCS. He had his best big league season the next year, hitting .269 with 15 homers and 71 RBIs, and was an All-Star each year from 1972 to 1974.

Early in the 1977 campaign, Speier was traded to the Montreal Expos for Tim Foli, and he was the Expos regular shortstop for the next seven years, including in 1981 when they reached the NLCS. He later played for the St. Louis Cardinals, Minnesota Twins, and Chicago Cubs before ending his career back with the Giants in 1989.

After his playing career ended, Speier was a roving minor league instructor for the Giants from 1990 to 1994 and was hitting coach for the Orlando Cubs in the Cubs system in 1995. He joined the Arizona Diamondbacks organization the next year and spent four seasons managing in the minors. He went on to serve as a major league coach with the 2000 Milwaukee Brewers, the 2001 Diamondbacks, and the 2004 Oakland Athletics. In 2005 and 2006 Cubs, he was a member of the Cubs staff. Following the 2007 season, he joined the Reds as bench coach. On September 19, 2012, he took over as the Reds' skipper on an interim basis when Dusty Baker was hospitalized with an irregular heartbeat. In 2016, when Baker was named manager of the Washington Nationals, Speier joined his coaching staff as bench coach, returning to the organization for which he had spent much of his playing career. In May of 2017, he filled in for Baker for a couple of games when the manager was attending his son's graduation.

Notable Achievements[edit]

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
1996 Lethbridge Black Diamonds Pioneer League 50-22 1st Arizona Diamondbacks Lost in 1st round
1997 High Desert Mavericks California League 83-57 1st Arizona Diamondbacks League Champs
1998 Tucson Sidewinders Pacific Coast League 57-85 14th Arizona Diamondbacks
1999 Tucson Sidewinders Pacific Coast League 66-76 13th Arizona Diamondbacks

Further Reading[edit]

  • Norm King: "Chris Speier Hits for the Cycle; July 20, 1978: Montreal Expos 7, Atlanta Braves 3 At Olympic Stadium", in Norm King, ed.: Au jeu/Play Ball: The 50 Greatest Games in the History of the Montreal Expos, SABR, Phoenix, AZ, 2016, pp. 34-35. ISBN 978-1-943816-15-6
  • Brian P. Wood: "Speier Goes Crazy With Eight RBIs; September 22, 1982: Montreal Expos 11, Philadelphia Phillies 4 At Olympic Stadium", in Norm King, ed.: Au jeu/Play Ball: The 50 Greatest Games in the History of the Montreal Expos, SABR, Phoenix, AZ, 2016, pp. 72-73. ISBN 978-1-943816-15-6

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