One of baseball's premier pitching coaches returns for 14th season in San Francisco. Is the longest tenured pitching coach in the big leagues. Is one of just five individuals since 1900 to serve as a Giants coach for at least 10 years, joining current bench coach Ron Wotus (15 years, 1998-present), Larry Jansen (12 years, 1954 and 1961-71), Bob Lillis (11 years, 1986-96) and Wes Westrum (10 years, 1958-63 and 1968-71). 13-year run is longest in San Francisco history among pitching coaches. 2000 marked his first year on a Major League staff. In 1999 he returned to Giants organization, serving as a roving minor league pitching instructor.
During his banner 16-year big league career, stylish lefthander made stops with Yankees (1979, 1981-90), Giants (1991-93), A's (1994), Blue Jays (1994) and White Sox (1995)...posted 82-79 record with 3.46 ERA and 1,112 strikeouts in 718 career games (89 starts). With 252 career saves, ranks 27th on Major League Baseball's all-time save list...ranks second on Yankees' all-time charts for saves (224) and games pitched (522). Began career as starter, then converted to reliever in 1984...earned American League Rookie of Year award in 1981 after going 8-4 with 2.06 ERA (second-best in AL)...played major role in Yankees' trip to World Series in 1981...earned two victories in Division Series vs. Milwaukee, winning Game 2 as starter and Game 5 in relief...was also winning pitcher as starter in Game 3 of ALCS vs. Oakland...had no-decision in only appearance vs. Dodgers in World Series. While wearing New York pinstripes, tossed no-hitter against Boston Red Sox, July 4, 1983...was first Yankee no-hitter since Don Larsen's perfect game in 1956 World Series. In 1984, notched 31 saves in 40 chances during first campaign as reliever. Was named to American League All-Star squads in 1986 and 1987 while with New York...established then-Major League record with 46 saves in 1986...finished fourth in Cy Young voting and 10th in AL MVP (BBWAA) balloting that year...was named to AP post season All-Star squad while also earning Rolaids Relief Man of Year and The Sporting News Fireman of Year awards. Won second-straight Rolaids AL Relief Man award and tied for Fireman of Year in 1987 with 31 saves. Signed with Giants as free agent, Dec. 5, 1990. Notched 1,000th career strikeout April 29, 1991, fanning St. Louis' Felix Jose.
Married (Kandice, February 11, 1989)...has three children (triplets Nicolette, Natalee and Wesley, July 19, 1991). San Jose (CA) native was All-League baseball player at Pioneer High School. Also attended San Jose City College. Was named state Junior College Player of Year in 1977. Brother, Steve, played in Texas organization from 1977-79, father, Leo, was star shortstop in Pacific Coast League while playing for San Francisco Seals. Is an honorary Board member for Jean Weingarten Peninsula Oral School for Deaft (JWPOSD). Is also involved with various Cerebral Palsy organizations and El Camino Health Care. Has been involved with Leukemia Society. Will be inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame's 2013 Class on May 23, 2013.