|Date of Birth||1/10/1956|
Dan enters his second season as manager of the Beach Bums and his fifth overall with the club. He started as a special assistant in 2011 before being promoted to bench coach in 2013. This will be Dan’s 37th season as either a player or coach in professional baseball.
Dan played 13 years of professional baseball, including three stints in the Major Leagues. His major league debut came September 2, 1983 for the Chicago Cubs and he go on to spend time in “The Show” with the Cubs in 1984 as well. He returned to the majors in 1986 as a member of the Cleveland Indians. In 54 career Major League games, he hit .250, one homer and 11 RBI. He was a fourth round pick for the Cubs in 1977 out of Central Michigan University.
After his playing career ended, Dan oved into coaching where he started as the hitting coach of the Portland (OR) Beavers, the Minnesota Twins’ Triple-A affiliate in 1990. He has been coaching every year since, working in many facets. He has been a manager in 17 of the last 24 seasons, compiling a record of 1,125-1,150.
He has won numerous championships during his time on the bench, with the first coming in 2000 with the Seattle Mariners’ Double-A affiliate New Haven (CT) Ravens in the Eastern League. In 2001, he was promoted to manager of the Triple-A Tacoma (WA) Rainiers in the Seattle system and promptly guided the team to the best record in the Pacific Coast League (85-59) and a share of the league championship. That season saw him earn his first PCL Manager of the Year honor, an award he would grab again in 2004 and 2005 with Tacoma.
The Mariners once again promoted Dan n 2006, where he spent the season as the Major League Administrative Coach before returning to managing with the Fresno (CA) Grizzles, the San Francisco Giants’ Triple-A team. He spent three years in Fresno before being named the manager of the Las Vegas 51’s, the Toronto Blue Jays’ Triple-A affiliate.
A native of Alpena, he now resides in Traverse City with his wife, Mindy.