In one-and-a-half seasons as Nationals manager, has compiled a 102-135 (.430) record...was named Nationals' 3rd manager on November 12, 2009 after being appointed interim manager on July 14, 2009 (replaced Manny Acta)... joined the Nationals organization as Acta's bench coach on October 24, 2008...has logged 30 season as a manager or coach...has spent 18 years as a manager or coach at the major league level, 16 in the National League...has managed parts of 11 MLB seasons with Washington (2009-10), SEA (2008), CHI (1995-99) and SDP (1992-94)...owns a 624-787 (.442) career managerial mark in the big leagues...finished 2008 as SEA's interim manager, guiding the Mariners to a 36-54 (.400) finish after being named interim skipper on June 19...in last decade, has held bench coach posts with Washington (first half of 2009), SEA (2008) and LAD (2001-04)...also served as 3B coach with CLE in 2000 and as STL's 1B coach from 1989-90...served 9 seasons as a minor league manager in the STL (1982-88) and LAD (1991-92) chains, recording a winning mark at 558-554 (.502)...made coaching debut as a coach with Double-A Arkansas in 1981...spent 3 seasons as STL's minor league field coordinator from 2005-07...also served stint as STL's Farm Director, replacing Lee Thomas in 1988...has served stewardships under Tony LaRussa, Charlie Manuel and Jim Tracy...playing career spanned 8 minor-league seasons...was selected by LAD in the 4th round of the 1974 First-Year Player Draft...former infielder batted .268 with 76 homers, 396 RBI and 77 stolen bags...with Arkansas in 1980, was named to the Texas League All-Star Team after registering career highs with a .295 batting average, 21 home runs, 90 RBI and 28 stolen bases.
With the Nationals
Has gone 102-135 (.430) during his season-and-a-half as Nationals skipper...Nationals showed significant improvement during the first full season under his leadership in 2010 (69-93 record), notching 10 more wins than 2008 and 2009 squads...under his watch, the 2010 Nationals achieved the 2nd lowest ERA (4.13) in club history...masterfully managed the bullpen in 2010, as the unit posted the best marks in club history with a 3.33 ERA and .236 BAA... renewed emphasis on defense and fundamentals paid dividends, as the 2010 Nationals improved their error total from the previous season by 16...named Nationals' interim manager during the '09 All-Star break...in the season's 2nd half in 2009, the Nationals displayed marked improvement in extra-inning (3-1), one-run (13-9) and NL East (17-16) contests despite having a rookie starting pitcher toe the rubber 45 times in 75 games (60%).
Big League Managing/Coaching Experience
Has logged 18 seasons as a coach or manager at the big league level, including managerial stints in Washington, SEA, CHI and SDP...in 2008, began as bench coach for SEA, before he was named interim manager of the club on June 19 upon John McLaren being dismissed...upon assuming the Mariners helm in '08, posted a winning percentage .053 higher (.400 to .347) than club's percentage upon taking the job...skippered CHI for 5 seasons from 1995-99...tenure with the Northsiders included pair of winning season...a 90-73 (.552) mark rendered a Wild Card playoff berth in 1998...Cubs were swept, 3-0, by ATL in the '98 NLDS in their first post-season berth in 9 seasons...managed first big league game-a 7-6 loss to visiting HOU-on Sept. 23, 1992,as skipper of the Padres...first win came one day later, a 7-1 victory over the same Astros, Sept. 24, 1992...held SDP's highest on-field post through the 1994 season...was member of Felipe Alou's NL coaching staff at the '95 All-Star Game...has managed or coached the likes of Adam Dunn, Luis Gonzalez, Mark Grace, Tony Gwynn, Trevor Hoffman, Manny Ramirez, Ivan Rodriguez, Ryne Sandberg, Gary Sheffield, Sammy Sosa, Stephen Strasburg, Ichiro Suzuki, Jim Thome and Ryan Zimmerman...earned a Bachelor's degree in physical education from Frostburg (MD) State, which is located just 140 miles from DC...is a member of Frostburg State University's Athletic Hall of Fame....still holds FSU Bobcats single-game records for home runs (3), RBI (8) and total bases (12)...is a 1970 graduate of Robert Montgomery (MD) High...in recent years, has been active in fundraising efforts for the Rockville Express of the Cal Ripken Sr. Collegiate Baseball League (CRSCBL).