Baseball Resume: Don Wakamatsu

Baseball Resume: Don Wakamatsu

How Don Wakamatsu's resume stacks up as he heads into his first managerial job as skipper of the Mariners:

DON WAKAMATSU
Address: Safeco Field | Position: Manager

MISSION
"To welcome the challenge to bring a world champion to Seattle."

EXPERIENCE
Bench coach for A's, 2008
-- Solidified himself as one of the better minds in game.
Third-base coach for Rangers, 2007
-- Was considered for managing job, but it went to Ron Washington.
Bench coach for Rangers, 2003-06
-- Served under manager Buck Showalter until Showalter was dismissed after 2006 season.
Minor League coordinator and roving catcher for Angels, 2001-02
-- Worked with Angels catching prospects such as Jose Molina, Jeff Mathis and Mike Napoli, now all Major Leaguers.
Manager of Double-A Erie SeaWolves of Angels organization, 2000
-- Club had record of 47-94 as SeaWolves finished 12th in Eastern League.
Manager of Double-A El Paso Diablos of Diamondbacks organization, 1999
-- Club had record of 64-76 as Diablos finished seventh in Texas League.
Manager of Class A High Desert Mavericks in Diamondbacks organization, 1998
-- Club had record of 82-58 and Wakamatsu was named California League Manager of the Year.
Manager of Arizona Fall League Diamondbacks, 1997
-- Club had record of 27-29 and Wakamatsu shared coaching duties with Brian Butterfield.

PLAYER
Major League catcher, 1991 with White Sox
-- Caught 18 games, including nine starts, while batting .226 in 31 at-bats while posting a 1.000 fielding percentage behind plate.
Minor League catcher, 1985-1996 for Reds, White Sox, Dodgers, Rangers, Indians and Mariners
-- Originally drafted by Reds in 11th round of 1985 Amateur Draft but released in 1998 and signed with White Sox.
-- Joined Dodgers organization in 1992 and batted .323 and .327 with Triple-A Albuquerque in 1992 and 1993, respectively.
-- Finished career in Mariners farm system as player-coach for the Double-A Port City Roosters in 1996.
-- Career numbers of .258 batting average with 30 home runs, 318 RBIs in 761 games.

EDUCATION
Arizona State University, 1982-1985
-- Four-year starter at catcher for Sun Devils as they advanced to the College World Series in 1983 and 1984.
-- Named All-Pacific-10 Conference last three years with team.
Hayward (Calif.) High School, 1978-81
-- Lettered in baseball, basketball and football but chose baseball.

PERSONAL
• Born Feb. 22, 1963, in Hood River, Ore.
• A fourth-generation Japanese-American
• Wife: Laura
• Three children: Jacob, Lucas and Jadyn
• Current residence: North Richland Hills, Texas

Rhett Bollinger is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.