Nick Leyva

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Nicholas Tomas Leyva

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Biographical Information[edit]

Infielder Nick Leyva is one of only two players to be selected to the First-Team All-Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference four times [1]. He did so for the La Verne College from 1972 to 1975. Leyva was selected in the 24th round of the 1975 amateur draft by the St. Louis Cardinals and played three seasons in the minors, hitting .267 with 8 home runs in 253 games.

After retiring, Leyva managed in the minors for the Cardinals from 1978 to 1983. Leyva was then a Cardinal coach from 1984 to 1988. In 1989, he became manager of the Philadelphia Phillies. He led the team to sixth and fourth place finishes in his two full seasons at the helm before being replaced by Jim Fregosi very early in the 1991 season.

Leyva managed the Syracuse Chiefs in 1992 and 1993, and was a member of the Toronto Blue Jays coaching staff from 1993 to 1997. After seven years working in the Chicago White Sox organization, including 2003 and 2004 as minor league infield instructor, he joined the Milwaukee Brewers as third base coach for the 2007 season. He returned to the coaching ranks on June 20, 2008, when his former boss with the Blue Jays, Cito Gaston, asked him to return to the fold as third base coach as he began his second stint at the helm of the Jays. In 2011, he joined the Pittsburgh Pirates as third base coach.

His younger brother, Al Leyva, has been an assistant coach at the University of La Verne.

Preceded by
Lee Elia
Philadelphia Phillies Manager
Succeeded by
Jim Fregosi

Year-By-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1978 Johnson City Cardinals Appalachian League 37-33 2nd St. Louis Cardinals
1979 Johnson City Cardinals Appalachian League 25-43 4th St. Louis Cardinals
1980 Gastonia Cardinals South Atlantic League 74-66 3rd (t) St. Louis Cardinals Lost in 1st round
1981 St. Petersburg Cardinals Florida State League 69-63 4th St. Louis Cardinals
1982 St. Petersburg Cardinals Florida State League 26-30 -- St. Louis Cardinals replaced by Jim Riggleman on May 31
Arkansas Travelers Texas League 50-38 5th (t) St. Louis Cardinals replaced Gaylen Pitts (18-30)
1983 Arkansas Travelers Texas League 69-67 3rd St. Louis Cardinals Lost in 1st round
1989 Philadelphia Phillies National League 67-95 6th Philadelphia Phillies
1990 Philadelphia Phillies National League 77-85 4th Philadelphia Phillies
1991 Philadelphia Phillies National League 4-9 -- Philadelphia Phillies replaced by Jim Fregosi on April 23
1992 Syracuse Chiefs International League 60-83 7th Toronto Blue Jays
1993 Syracuse Chiefs International League 36-56 -- Toronto Blue Jays replaced by Bob Didier on July 17
2000 Charlotte Knights International League 78-65 6th Chicago White Sox
2001 Charlotte Knights International League 67-77 10th Chicago White Sox
2002 Bristol White Sox Appalachian League 43-25 2nd Chicago White Sox League Champs
2004 Winston-Salem Warthogs Carolina League 47-29 4th Chicago White Sox Lost in 1st round replaced Ken Dominguez (27-37) on June 14
2005 Charlotte Knights International League -- Chicago White Sox replaced by Manny Trillo in August
2006 Bristol White Sox Appalachian League 22-42 10th Chicago White Sox

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