Wednesday, February 22, 2012

February 22

1992 Score #814 - Don Wakamatsu

On this day in 1963, Don Wakamatsu was born.

Wakamatsu's only MLB playing experience came during the course of eighteen games in the 1991 season. He had the pleasure of catching for knuckleball pitcher Charlie Hough.

Don's playing career ended at age 33, in the minors. He went on to become a coach for the Texas Rangers and Oakland Athletics. He then became the first Asian-American manager in the majors with the Seattle Mariners after the 2008 season. Fired in August 2010, due to Seattle's poor performance, Wakamatsu returned to coaching with the Toronto Blue Jays.

2 comments:

Johngy said...

You know how I like backup catchers.
Hopefully Don will get another shot at managing.

topher (Crackin Wax/Varsity Trading Cards) said...

Wakamatsu. I just love saying that name. Typing it? Not so much.

Wakamatsu.

Kinda sounds like a Letterman gag.

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