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A Look Back at the 2015 Indians Draft Class

While no one expects much from a Major League draft pick the year they are drafted, these players have already started working hard in their first half season of professional baseball. The Indians had a bit of a different strategy in the late rounds of this year’s draft, taking players with signability issues and in some cases it worked out, like with Wakamatsu, but overall it...
Via Burning River Baseball
September 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Alexis Pantoja & Dan Wakamatsu: Defense Starts in the Middle

When the Indians had Omar Vizquel at short stop for more than a decade, they didn’t feel inclined to worry about the position. From 1994 through 2004, the Indians took exactly one short stop in each of the first four rounds of the draft and no others before round eight. Of 88 players chosen in the first seven rounds over 11 years, only four were at what is considered the most pivotal...
Via Burning River Baseball
August 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Ibanez reportedly withdraws from consideration to be Rays manager

The Tampa Bay Rays' managerial search is down to Kevin Cash and Don Wakamatsu. Raul Ibanez withdrew because of family considerations Thursday, the Tampa Bay Times reports, the same day he was scheduled to interview with the Rays. Wakamatsu met with the Rays on Tuesday and Cash interviewed Wednesday. Ibanez was the most outside-the-box consideration of the three. Wakamatsu served...
Via Fox Sports Florida
December 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Dave Martinez to pursue other opportunities outside the Rays

Bench coach Dave Martinez has decided to look for opportunities outside the Tampa Bay Rays. Martinez announced his intentions in a statement released Tuesday, four days after the Rays chose Kevin Cash, Raul Ibanez and Don Wakamatsu as the three finalists for their open managerial position, made possible by Joe Maddon's decision to opt out of his contract with the club. Martinez became...
Via Fox Sports Florida
November 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Rays announce manager finalists – Cash, Ibanez, Wakamatsu

ONE OF THESE THREE MEN WILL BE THE NEXT MANAGER OF THE TAMPA BAY RAYS #Rays have narrowed their managerial search from 10 finalists to three: Kevin Cash, Raul Ibañez and Don Wakamatsu. — Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) November 21, 2014 Will it be Kevin Cash, the current Indians bullpen coach and a former Rays catcher? Will it be Raul Ibanez, who was sitting in the Royals dugout...
Via The Outside Corner
November 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Rays narrow down managerial search to three finalists

Now there are three. Kevin Cash, Raul Ibanez and Don Wakamatsu were named the three finalists for the Tampa Bay Rays' open managerial position on Friday with in-person interviews scheduled to begin the week of Dec. 1. The man chosen will become the fifth manager in Rays history, succeeding Joe Maddon, who led the club for nine seasons. Seven names were eliminated from the initial...
Via Fox Sports Florida
November 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Ibanez, Cash, Wakamatsu finalists to manage Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Raul Ibanez, Kevin Cash and Don Wakamatsu are the finalists to replace Joe Maddon as manager of the Tampa Bay Rays. Dave Martinez, the Rays' bench coach for the past seven seasons, was among seven candidates dropped Friday. Also cut were Barry Larkin, Doug Glanville, Manny Acta, Craig Counsell, Charlie Montoyo and Ron Wotus. Tampa Bay said interviews with...
Via AP on Fox
November 21, 2014  |  Discuss

The Write Way: KC coach's lineup cards are artful

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Take a look around the Kansas City Royals' dugout and it's pretty evident: The handwriting is on the wall in this World Series. The fancy handwriting, that is. In the midst of smeared pine-tar rags, spit-out sunflower seeds and plenty of dirt, there hangs a piece of pure art - the lineup cards drawn by bench coach Don Wakamatsu. Using a calligraphy style he...
Via AP on Fox
October 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Coaching The Kansas City Royals Part 2-The Bench Coach

By: X. Grieves Continuing our breakdown of The Kansas City Royals coaches, we come to our bench coach, Don Wakamatsu.  Wilber Donald “Don” Wakamatsu became The Royals bench coach and catching instructor in October 2013. Previously, Wakamatsu served as the bench coach for The Toronto Blue Jays in 2011-2012 and Manager of The Seattle Mariners in 2009 and part of 2010. Wakamatsu...
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April 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals Extra: Don Wakamatsu

Don Wakamatsu talks about the Royals' pitching staff, Sal Perez and more with FOX Sports Kansas City's Joel Goldberg. For more interviews with the Royals, watch the 2014 Royals Season Preview this week on FOX Sports Kansas City.
March 26, 2014  |  Discuss

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