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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...
Via Royals Blue
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

Veterans Day a time to reflect for Royals' Wakamatsu

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Veteran's Day has a special meaning for new Royals bench coach Don Wakamatsu. It is a time each year when he can reflect on what his family endured during World War II, and how their determination and courage provided an opportunity for him to create a life he now cherishes. "I feel a sense of honor for what they had to go through," Wakamatsu says...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
November 11, 2013  |  Discuss

The call to the bigs finally comes for Omaha's Jirschele

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Mike Jirschele's long wait to get to the big leagues is finally over. The Royals added Jirschele to their major league coaching staff along with former Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu on Friday, two moves that will complete manager Ned Yost's staff for 2014. Earlier this month, Dale Sveum was added to the staff and will serve as third-base coach while...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
October 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Royals add Wakamatsu, Jirschele to staff

The Kansas City Royals have added former Seattle Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu and Mike Jirschele to its major league staff. Wakamatsu will serve as the Royals' bench coach and catching instructor after working as a special assignment scout for the New York Yankees this past season. Jirschele, who has managed Kansas City's Triple-A affiliate in Omaha since 2003, will be...
Via AP on Fox
October 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Toronto Coach’s Unique Line Up Card

The Blue Jays’ Don Wakamatsu is a man of certain talents. He is known for his baseball acumen and experience in the big leagues (as a catcher for the Chicago White Sox).  Being a catcher, there are a couple of things I expect as characteristics of Wakamatsu. I expect him to have a fair knowledge of pitch location significance. I expect him to show an understanding of defense from...
Via Reading Between The Seams
July 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Quick Hits: Red Sox, Homegrown Players, GMs

Some links for Friday night, since we all need something to do now that the Yankees and Tigers have been rained out... Mike Salk of 710 ESPN Seattle hears that Don Wakamatsu's name "has been floated" in Boston as a potential replacement for the departed Terry Francona (Twitter link). Meanwhile, Red Sox CEO Larry Lucchino told's Alex Speier that they...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
September 30, 2011  |  Discuss
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