Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

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 08:48 PM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: history

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. Bruce Markusen Posted: December 13, 2012 at 09:08 PM (#4324373)
Lanier is 70, which might make him the oldest current manager in North America. Good for him.
   2. Bourbon Samurai in Asia Posted: December 13, 2012 at 09:51 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 10:42 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 01:57 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 10:53 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 11:04 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 11:50 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.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Randy Jones
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogRobothal: Changed [Manny] Ramirez enjoyed helping Cubs prospects grow
(12 - 12:48am, Sep 02)
Last: Cargo Cultist

NewsblogPhoto of the day: Bill Murray, indy league ticket-taker
(102 - 12:27am, Sep 02)
Last: Bunny Vincennes

NewsblogNitkowski: Wanted: Major League manager...sort of.
(7 - 12:23am, Sep 02)
Last: steagles

NewsblogRon Roenicke rips into home-plate umpire
(17 - 12:18am, Sep 02)
Last: Bunny Vincennes

NewsblogAstros Fire Bo Porter
(54 - 12:16am, Sep 02)
Last: Zach

NewsblogBlue Jays Acquire Mayberry Jr.
(7 - 12:10am, Sep 02)
Last: Infinite Joost (Voxter)

NewsblogAthletics Acquire Adam Dunn
(43 - 11:46pm, Sep 01)
Last: Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66)

NewsblogOT: Politics, September, 2014: ESPN honors Daily Worker sports editor Lester Rodney
(27 - 11:36pm, Sep 01)
Last: Morty Causa

NewsblogOT: The Soccer Thread August, 2014
(986 - 11:25pm, Sep 01)
Last: The Clarence Thomas of BBTF (scott)

NewsblogOT:  2014 College Football pre-season thread
(101 - 11:17pm, Sep 01)
Last: Lance Reddick! Lance him!

NewsblogNo-hitter! Four Phillies pitchers combine to blank the Braves
(10 - 11:12pm, Sep 01)
Last: Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq.

NewsblogOT: Monthly NBA Thread - September 2014
(5 - 11:07pm, Sep 01)
Last: DanO

NewsblogHBT: Jorge Soler with an extra-base hit in each of his first five games
(1 - 10:00pm, Sep 01)
Last: Cargo Cultist

NewsblogTigers' Miguel Cabrera appears to re-injure ankle, leaves game
(19 - 9:53pm, Sep 01)
Last: AJMcCringleberry

NewsblogOT: Politics, August 2014: DNC criticizes Christie’s economic record with baseball video
(6358 - 8:35pm, Sep 01)
Last: David Nieporent (now, with children)

Page rendered in 0.2003 seconds
52 querie(s) executed