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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Hal Lanier To Manage Yuma Desert Rats

.210 to Yuma (actually .228…but why ruin a good Lanier gag).

Embark Holdings, Inc., the parent company to American West Baseball League (a Professional Minor Baseball League), is pleased to announce the Yuma Desert Rats new Manager and Coach.

The Yuma Desert Rats have named Hal Lanier to be their team manager.

...After a stint away from the field, Hal returned to professional baseball and began his independent managing career. From 1996-2005 he managed the Winnipeg Goldeyes of the Northern League where he took his team to the Northern League Championship series five times. In 2006 and 2007 he was the manager of the Joliet Jackhammers of the Northern League. In 2008 and 2009 Hal was the manager of the Sussex Skyhawks in the CAN/AM League winning the league championship in 2008 and was also named Manager of the Year. In 2010 and 2011 Hal moved to the Frontier League where he was the first ever manager of the Normal Cornbelters.

The Yuma Desert Rats are extremely proud and excited to have named Hal Lanier as their first ever manager. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with our organization. He is a great person with tremendous integrity who is looking forward to the opportunity to become involved and become a part of the Yuma community.

Repoz Posted: December 13, 2012 at 07:48 PM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Bruce Markusen Posted: December 13, 2012 at 08:08 PM (#4324373)
Lanier is 70, which might make him the oldest current manager in North America. Good for him.
   2. Bourbon Samurai is disturbed by bagel developments Posted: December 13, 2012 at 08:51 PM (#4324392)
I know who neither Hal Lanier nor the Desert Rats are. All I know of Yuma is Russel Crowe killed a bunch of dudes on the way there.
   3. asinwreck Posted: December 13, 2012 at 09:42 PM (#4324411)
Nicely done, Repoz. Didn't Lanier have some health problems a year or two back? Starting a new job is encouraging news.
   4. Howie Menckel Posted: December 14, 2012 at 12:57 AM (#4324510)
Lanier annual OPS+s as an every-day SS with the Giants, 1965-70: 52-49-42-38-46-47. career OPS+ was 50.

He made up for it with his speed, though (11 for 22 career SB attempts).

Hit a decent-looking .274 as a rookie in 401 PA, and it landed him a decent-sized career in the bigs (3940 PA in 10 years). But maybe the FIVE walks he drew in those 401 PA should have been a hint. He never hit above .233 again...


   5. Ron J2 Posted: December 14, 2012 at 09:53 AM (#4324620)
#4 List the front-line talent for the Giants in the Lanier period and you wonder why they generally finished second. Hal Lanier was a big reason. He could personally offset the value of at least one superstar.
   6. Rants Mulliniks Posted: December 14, 2012 at 10:04 AM (#4324632)
Lanier scored exactly 37 runs every year from '66 through '69, despite playing at least 149 games each season. Ouch.

How in god's name did he stay in the lineup? He didn't bring a single thing to the table offensively. With a season high of 14 sac bunts, he can't have even been much of a bunter.
   7. Ron J2 Posted: December 14, 2012 at 10:50 AM (#4324703)
#6 This is from memory and I wasn't able to follow baseball all that closely back then but:

The Giants would basically make a couple of almost contradictory arguments:

First: He's so good defensively anything we get from him with the bat is a bonus (a fairly common argument back then)

Second: We've been working with him to (insert theory du jour) and expect him to be better with the bat. He coasted off that decent (empty) batting average for years. The Giants honestly seemed to think he was one little adjustment away from hitting.

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