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Joe Lefebvre #5

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Full Name:
Joe Lefebvre
Uniform #:
5

Coaching Career
Lefebvre will begin his 19th campaign overall in Giants' organization...in 2013 he will continue to serve as a senior advisor pro scouting and Major League hitting coach. Lefebvre was in uniform for first time in five years in August of 2011, working closely with current hitting coach Hensley Meulens. Since 2008, Lefebvre has worked as senior advisor of proscouting to general manager Brian Sabean...he provides evaluations on both major and minor league levels and his knowledge of players in SF's chain and other organizations has proved to be invaluable. Prior to moving to Giants' front office, he served on Giants' coaching staff from 2002-07...manned first base coaching box for NL Champion SF while also assisting hitting instructor Gene Clines in 2002...from 2003-07 was club's hitting coach, working with some of games finest hitters. Worked as Giants' triple-A hitting coach from 1996-98 and club's coordinator of minor league hitting from 1997-2001...in addition to his minor league duties, spent time with big league club during both spring training and regular season during 2000 and 2001 campaigns. Prior to joining San Francisco, he was an instructor in New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies systems.

Playing Career
Played six seasons in Majors as outfielder with New York Yankees (1980), San Diego Padres (1981-83) and Philadelphia Phillies (1983-86) before having career cut short due to injury. Compiled .258 career batting avg. with 31 HRs and 130 RBI in 447 games. Suffered torn cartilage and ligament damage in his right knee in June 1984 and missed all of 1985 while rehabilitating. Returned to big leagues in 1986, but was forced to retire after playing in only 14 games. Broke in with Yankees and homered for his first ML hit, connecting off Dave Stieb at Toronto on May 22, 1980. Homered in his first two Major League games to tie American League record. Enjoyed his finest season in 1983, hitting combined .306 in 119 games for Padres and Phillies. Was originally Yankees' third round selection in June 1977 draft.

Personal & Miscellaneous
Married (Julie). Has two children (son, Gregory and daughter, Kristin). Graduated from Concord (NH) High School, where he played baseball, basketball and soccer. Was high school teammate of Giants general manager Brian Sabean. Attended Eckerd (FL) College, where he was All-American MVP in Division II College World Series as sophomore.

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