Steve Buechele

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Steven Bernard Buechele

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Biographical Information[edit]

Steve Buechele played eleven seasons in the big leagues, hitting 137 home runs. He became a minor league manager in 2009.

He has the distinction of being the player out of Stanford University playing the second largest number of games in the big leagues, behind Bob Boone, and ahead of Ed Sprague. Oddly, Sprague is high on the list of the most similar players to Buechele.

Steve was born in Lancaster, CA and attended high school in Anaheim, CA. After Stanford, he was signed as a 5th round pick in the 1982 amateur draft by the Texas Rangers and scout Rick Schroeder.

He was in the minors from 1982-1985, showing moderate power and a couple of times hitting over .295. He made his major league debut on July 19, 1985, the day that the Rangers traded third baseman Buddy Bell to the Cincinnati Reds. By the end of the season Steve had appeared in 69 games at third base for Texas.

Buechele played third base for the Rangers through August 1991, while also filling in sometimes at second base and other positions. In 1986 he appeared in 33 games at second base.

During most of his seasons with the Rangers, Steve showed moderate power, twice hitting 18 home runs for the team. His batting average was usually under .250, although in his last partial season, 1991, he was hitting .267 when traded.

After the trade, Steve spent parts of 1991 and 1992 with the Pittsburgh Pirates, at a time when Barry Bonds was on the team. The Pirates won their division both years under manager Jim Leyland and Steve hit well in post-season play in 1991.

In July 1992 Buechele was traded to the Chicago Cubs, and played most of the remainder of his major league career with the them. His best year with the Cubs was 1993, when he hit 15 home runs with a .272 batting average. When he slipped a bit in 1995, he was released and the Rangers picked him up. He appeared in 9 games for the Rangers before they, too, released him and his major league career was over.

After managing in the minor leagues from 2009 to 2014, he was named bench coach of the Rangers under new manager Jeff Banister in 2015. In 2018, he moved to first base coach to make room for Don Wakamatsu to return to his former position.

He made one observer's All-Steve Team [1].

His son, Garrett Buechele, was an infielder for the University of Oklahoma team which competed in the 2010 College World Series; Garrett had been drafted shortly beforehand. Another son, Tanner, played at Fullerton College, while a third one, Shane, was a quarterback at the University of Texas.

Notable Achievements[edit]

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

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
2009 Bakersfield Blaze California League 75-65 3rd (t) Texas Rangers Lost in 2nd round
2010 Frisco Rough Riders Texas League 72-67 3rd Texas Rangers Lost in 1st round
2011 Frisco Rough Riders Texas League 79-61 2nd Texas Rangers Lost in 1st round
2012 Frisco Rough Riders Texas League 80-60 2nd Texas Rangers Lost League Finals
2013 Frisco Rough Riders Texas League 70-70 4th Texas Rangers
2014 Round Rock Express Pacific Coast League 70-74 11th (t) Texas Rangers

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