Chris Speier

Chris Speier

Chris Speier
Chris Speier in Philadelphia PA on May 18, 2013
Shortstop
Born: (1950-06-28) June 28, 1950
Alameda, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 7, 1971, for the San Francisco Giants
Last MLB appearance
October 1, 1989, for the San Francisco Giants
MLB statistics
Batting average .246
Home runs 112
Runs batted in 720
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Christopher Edward Speier (born June 28, 1950) is a former Major League Baseball player. He was drafted second overall in the January secondary 1970 Major League Baseball Draft. He currently serves as Special Assistant to the General Manager with Major League Baseball's Cincinnati Reds.

Contents

  • Playing career 1
  • Coaching career 2
  • Personal life 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5

Playing career

Speier played 19 seasons in the Major Leagues as a shortstop for the Montreal Expos, San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs, and briefly for the St. Louis Cardinals and Minnesota Twins during the 1984 season.

He accrued a career .246 batting average and a .970 fielding percentage. His overall playing strengths were his solid fielding and selective eye at the plate; he led the league in intentional walks in 1980 and 1981. He was also named to the National League All-Star team during the 1972, 1973 and 1974 seasons as a member of the Giants. He won the 1987 Willie Mac Award for his spirit and leadership during his second time with the Giants.

Coaching career

He was a coach on the World Series Champion Arizona Diamondbacks in 2001.

He was the third base coach for the Chicago Cubs from 2005 to 2006.

He was signed by the Walt Jocketty.

Personal life

Speier was born and raised in Alameda, California - also the hometown of Major Leaguers Willie Stargell, Dontrelle Willis and Jimmy Rollins. He graduated from Alameda High School.

Speier is the father of former MLB relief pitcher Justin Speier.

Speier converted to Catholicism after meeting his wife and became an activist in the pro-life movement. In 1993 he was the principal of the religious Ville de Marie Academy in Scottsdale, Arizona.[2] The school was not accredited by the state, nor was it affiliated with the local diocese.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Baker stays in Chicago hospital to receive fluids". www.Reds.com. Retrieved September 22, 2012. 
  2. ^ Dave Walker (February 17, 1993). "Good Book Great Booksshortstop Turned Principal Chris Speier Still Believes in Fundamentals". Phfoenix New Times News. 
  • Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
Preceded by
Mike Krukow
Willie Mac Award
1987
Succeeded by
José Uribe
Preceded by
Wendell Kim
Chicago Cubs third base coach
2005–2006
Succeeded by
Mike Quade