Two-time National League Manager of Year was named 38th manager in Giants franchise history, and 16th in San Francisco annals, Oct. 27, 2006. His 1,454 victories are the third-highest total by an active manager, trailing Jim Leyland of Detroit (1,676) and Dusty Baker of Cincinnati (1,581). Has compiled a 1,454-1,444 (.502) career ledger in 18 seasons as a ML skipper. Is third among active big league managers for wins (Jim Leyland, 1,676 and Dusty Baker, 1,581), and is 23rd on the all-time list. Leads active managers in consecutive years managed (18). Is winningest foreign-born manager in ML history, having moved past former Giants skipper Felipe Alou in 2008. Has guided the Giants to two World Championships in the last three seasons (2010, 2012). Is the first National League manager to win the World Series in two out of three years since Sparky Anderson led the Cincinnati Reds to back-to-back titles in 1975-76. Is the 23rd manager in MLB history to win at least two World Series. His three World Series appearances as a manager (1998, 2010, 2012) are tied with Detroit's Jim Leyland (1997, 2006, 2012) for the most among all active managers in Major League Baseball. Under the current divisional affiliations, only Hall of Famers Walter Alston (1959, 1963, 1965-66, 1974 with Dodgers) and Tommy Lasorda (1977-78, 1981, 1988 with Dodgers) have more World Series appearances as managers of NL West clubs (Sparky Anderson led Cincinnati to four World Series when the Reds were in the NL West). Guided the 2010 Giants to first-ever World Series title in San Francisco history and first World Championship since 1954. Became the sixth manager in history to manage at least two different NL franchises to World Series appearance. Is the fourth skipper to win a World Series Championship at the helm of the Giants, joining John McGraw (1905, 21-22), Bill Terry (1933), and Leo Durocher (1954). Is the first foreign-born manager to reach the World Series (1998) and first European-born manager to win a World Series (2010). His six postseason appearances are tied for the second most among current ML skippers. During his six year tenure, the Giants have posted a 503-469 (.517) record. Was just the fourth manager in Giants history to bring more than 10 years of big league managing experience to job, following Cap Anson (21 seasons) in 1898, Hughie Jennings (14) in 1924 and Felipe Alou (10) in 2003. Is just the fourth Giants manager to be born outside of the United States, joining Jack Doyle (Ireland) in 1895, Arthur Irwin (Canada) in 1896 and Felipe Alou (Dominican Republic) in 2003. Is the sixth manager in Giants franchise annals who was primarily a catcher during their career, joining John Clapp (1883), Buck Ewing (1900), Herman Franks (1965-68), Charlie Fox (1970-74) and Wes Westrum (1974-75). Was named NL Manager of Year by BBWAA in 1996 and was honored as league's top skipper by The Sporting News in both 1996 and 1998. Is the winningest manager in Padres franchise history, having recorded 951 victories during 12 years in San Diego. Guided his Padres clubs to five winning campaigns, including 1996, '98, 2005 and '06 NL West titles. Logged a 24-year affiliation with Padres organization from 1983-2006. Former catcher was the only Friar manager to have played for club, spending parts of five seasons in San Diego as a player. Skippered his clubs to league championships in three of his four seasons at minor league level, logging a 248-241 ledger in the Padres' farm system. Was 3rd base coach with San Diego during 1993 and 1994 campaigns. Has been part of coaching staff for NL All Stars six times (1997, 1999, 2001, 2007, 2010, 2011)...has managed twice (1999, 2011)...1999 squad lost 4-1 to A.L...2011 team defeated A.L. 5-1. Served as manager for MLB All-Star team that took part in 2006 Japan All-Star Series. Was named manager of MLB All-Stars that traveled to Taiwan for 5-game series sweep in 2011. Guided MLB to 5-game sweep over Nippon Professional Baseball, first brooming in 10-series history of bi-annual event which began in 1986. Skippered 2,000th big league game July 24, 2007 vs. Yankees, 7-2 SF victory. Earned 1,000th victory as Major League manager Aug. 8, 2007, as Giants blanked visiting Washington 5-0. In 2006, guided the Padres to back-to-back playoff berths for the first time in franchise history, as Friars won second consecutive NL West title. Managed his 1,000th career game in a 7-6 win on May 23, 2001 at Houston. Finished the 1999 campaign with 74-88 record, becoming the winningest manager in Padres history...set club mark for most games skippered, breaking Dick Williams' Friar standard for wins with his 338th victory, 11-1 triumph April 10 at San Francisco...17 days later at New York, passed Williams with his 649th regular season contest at helm. Was named 1998 NL Manager of Year by The Sporting News for second time in three seasons, and was runnerup to Houston's Larry Dierker in BBWAA voting...had guided Padres to club-record 98 wins, their third NL West title and second NL pennant. Became the first Padres skipper to earn NL Manager of Year honors when he led the 1996 club to first NL West title since 1984, winning both BBWAA award and The Sporting News accolade (voted upon by senior circuit managers). Was named Padres manager Oct. 21, 1994. From 1993-94, joined ML coaching staff for first time, serving as Padres' third base coach under manager Jim Riggleman. Guided double-A Wichita to Texas League title in 1992. Made highly successful managerial debut in 1989, leading Spokane club that captured short-season Northwest League crown. Began his coaching career as player/coach at triple-A Las Vegas in 1988.
Former catcher spent parts of nine ML seasons with Houston (1978-80), New York Mets (1982) and San Diego (1983-87)...compiled a lifetime .239 batting average with 26 HRs and 93 RBI in 358 career games. Guided pitchers to career 3.87 ERA in 298 contests behind plate (1,930.0 innings). Threw out 28.6 pct. of attempted base-stealers (88-of-308). Made his ML debut July 18, 1978 in Astros uniform, going 2-for-3 at Shea Stadium. Belted his first big league home run following day, solo shot off Mets' Kevin Kobel in second game of doubleheader. Twice advanced to playoffs, logging one NLCS game with Houston in 1980 and one World Series contest with San Diego in 1984. Delivered a pinch-hit single in Game 5 at Detroit in his only Fall Classic at-bat. Enjoyed his best season in 1986 with Padres, setting personal bests in HRs (8), RBI (22), games played (63) and starts behind plate (29). One of Padres' more popular figures during playing days, ended career with 1987 Friars club.
Married (Kim)...has two sons (Greg, Aug. 26, 1979 and Brett, Aug. 27, 1987). Attended both Brevard (Cocoa Beach, FL) Community College and Florida State University. Has been extremely active member within Bay Area community during his six seasons in San Francisco. During his 24 years in Padres organization, worked closely with team's Community Relations department and made several appearances around San Diego.