Special Assistant, Player Development
Joe Amalfitano, who enters his 61st year in professional baseball and 24th in the Giants organization, serves as a roving instructor and a special assignment scout as directed by Brian Sabean. The former big league infielder is in his sixth different tour of duty with the Giants, returning to the organization in 2005.
Originally signed by the New York Giants as a bonus baby in 1954, he played for the New York club in 1954-55 and with San Francisco from 1960-61 and 1963. Amalfitano also served as a big league coach for the Giants from 1972-75, before returning as a special assistant, player development from 1999-2001.
Prior to rejoining the orange and black during his current stint, he spent the previous three years as a senior advisor to baseball operations for the Los Angeles Dodgers from 2002-04. Amalfitano ended his Major League coaching career with the Dodgers, manning the third base coaching box from 1983-98 under manager Tommy Lasorda. His other big league coaching assignments included: the Chicago Cubs (1967-71 and 1978-81), San Diego Padres (1976-77) and Cincinnati Reds (1982).
The San Pedro, CA native also managed parts of three seasons with the Cubs from 1979-81, compiling a 66-116 ledger. He was Chicago’s interim manager at the end of the 1979 season, taking over for Herman Franks and finishing with a 2-5 mark. He also managed the last half of the 1980 season in Chicago after taking over for Preston Gomez and posted a 38-65 record as the skipper for the entire strike-shortened 1981 season.
Having appeared in two World Series — one as a player for the Giants in 1954 and one as a coach for the Dodgers in 1988 — he posted a .244 batting average during his 10-year big league career with the Giants (1954-55, ’60-61 and ’63), Astros (1962) and Cubs (1964-67).
A graduate of the University of Southern California, he and his wife, Kay, live in Sedona, AZ.
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