Salvatore Philip Butera
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 0", Weight 190 lb.
- School Suffolk County Community College
- High School Connetquot High School
- Debut April 10, 1980
- Final Game September 26, 1988
- Born September 25, 1952 in Richmond Hill, NY USA
Sal Butera saw action in nine big league seasons as a backup catcher. With the Minnesota Twins in 1987, he won a World Series ring, appearing as a defensive replacement for regular backstop Tim Laudner in Game 4. In 1989, Sal played for the Orlando Juice of the Senior Professional Baseball Association, hitting .283 in 47 games.
After his playing career, he managed the Osceola Astros from 1990 to 1992. In 1993 and 1994, he managed the Jackson Generals and then the Hardware City Rock Cats in 1995. He also did some scouting. Sal was the Toronto Blue Jays bullpen coach in 1998. In 2008, Butera was Special Assistant to the General Manager for the Blue Jays. He became a scout for the Jays in 2015, a year after serving as their video replay and catching coach.
Sal is the father of fellow journeyman backup catcher Drew Butera.
Year-By-Year Minor League Managerial Record
|1990||Osceola Astros||Florida State League||72-66||7th||Houston Astros|
|1991||Osceola Astros||Florida State League||64-63||7th||Houston Astros|
|1992||Osceola Astros||Florida State League||72-62||7th||Houston Astros|
|1993||Jackson Generals||Texas League||73-62||2nd||Houston Astros||League Champs|
|1994||Jackson Generals||Texas League||74-61||2nd||Houston Astros||Lost League Finals|
|1995||Hardware City Rock Cats||Eastern League||65-77||9th||Minnesota Twins|