Bavasi in 2007 with the Seattle Mariners
December 27, 1957 |
Scarsdale, New York
|Alma mater||University of San Diego|
|Organization||Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (1994–1999)
Seattle Mariners (2003–2008)
William J. Bavasi (born December 27, 1957) is a former Major League Baseball general manager. He currently works as director of the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau, appointed in November 2014. Bavasi previously served as an assistant to the GM for the Cincinnati Reds, under Reds general manager Walt Jocketty. The son of longtime MLB executive Buzzie Bavasi and the brother of Peter Bavasi, also a former MLB executive, Bill also spent six full seasons (1994–99) as the general manager of the California/Anaheim Angels and a 4½ season stint with the Seattle Mariners (2003–08).
Bavasi is a graduate of University of San Diego. He began his front office baseball career with the Angels, where his father was front office boss from 1977–84. Bill was an administrator in the Angels' minor league department from 1981 to 1982, then held the positions of farm system director and Director of Player Development. On January 12, 1994, Bavasi succeeded Whitey Herzog as the Angels' General Manager. He remained in place when the club was sold by Jackie Autry, widow of the team's original owner Gene Autry, to the Walt Disney Company. But late-season collapses plagued the franchise, and Bavasi was succeeded by Bill Stoneman on October 1, 1999.
On November 7, 2003, Bavasi was named General Manager of the Seattle Mariners. During his Mariner tenure, the club had a total record of 322–395 and achieved only one winning season (88–74 in 2007). On June 16, 2008, with the worst record in the major leagues (24–45) Bavasi was fired. Seattle Mariners Chief Executive Officer Howard Lincoln, who made the announcement, said, "Change is in order. We have determined new leadership is needed in the GM position. With a new leader will come a new plan and a new approach." Vice President/Associate GM Lee Pelekoudas was named to take over in the interim.
|California/Anaheim Angels General Manager
|Seattle Mariners General Manager