Brian Rupp

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Brian Rupp (born September 20, 1971) is the hitting coach of the Potomac Nationals in the Washington Nationals organization,[1] he resides in Florissant, MO with his wife Stacie and son Andrew. The 2012 campaign will be Rupp's first season in the Nationals organization and twelfth as a minor league manager. His career managerial record sits at 579-560 (.508). His resume also boasts five playoff appearances, two trips to a league final and one championship. After attending UM-St. Louis, Rupp was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 43rd round of the 1992 draft, he played for seven seasons in the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system, mostly as a first baseman and outfielder. He reached as high as the Triple-A level. The former University of Missouri-St. Louis Triton won both the Arizona League batting title and MVP award in his first professional season. He also collected the South Atlantic League batting crown in 1993 beating out Derek Jeter. He went on to hit .295 over 742 career games.

After his playing career, Rupp joined the Cardinals minor league coaching staff and served as manager for Low-A Peoria (1999), Short-Season New Jersey (2001) and Rookie Johnson City (2002). He also spent the 2000 season as hitting coach for Double-A Arkansas. After joining the Royals organization, he managed Idaho Falls Chukars from 2004 to 2007 before mentoring the Burlington Bees in 2008 during which Rupp led the Royals' Low A affiliate to a 73-65 regular-season record and their first Midwest League Championship since 1999.[2] Under his tutelage, the Bees went from being the worst team in their division over the first half (30-39) to a league-best record and division title in the second half (43-26), winning the half crown by 3.5 games. The team played its best baseball in the final month of the season. Including a 6-0 playoff record, the Bees went 27-9 from August 1 on. The Midwest League named the Bees champions in a rain-shortened finale.[3] In 2009 Rupp managed the Wilmington Blue Rocks to an 84-55 record and Northern Division Championship before losing to the eventual Carolina League Champion Lynchburg Hillcats in game 5 of the semi-finals playoff series. His team set franchise records for consecutive road wins by winning 12 straight games during the 2009 season. Rupp left the Royals organization after the 2010 season, switching affiliations to the Washington Nationals organization.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rupp named Manager of Wilmington Bluerocks". 2008-12-16. Retrieved 2009-02-03. 
  2. ^ "Brian Rupp Career Managing Statistics - MWL Guide". Retrieved 2009-02-03. 
  3. ^ "Wilmington Blue Rocks official press release". 2009-01-27. Retrieved 2009-02-03. 

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Preceded by
Jeff Shireman
Peoria Chiefs Manager
1999
Succeeded by
Tom Lawless
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Arkansas Travelers Hitting Coach
2000
Succeeded by
Mark Budaska
Preceded by
Jeff Shireman
New Jersey Cardinals Manager
2001
Succeeded by
Tommy Shields
Preceded by
Chris Maloney
Johnson City Cardinals Manager
2002
Succeeded by
Ron Warner
Preceded by
Carlos Lezcano
Idaho Falls Chukars Manager
2004–2007
Succeeded by
Jim Gabella
Preceded by
Jim Gabella
Burlington Bees Manager
2008
Succeeded by
Jim Gabella
Preceded by
Darryl Kennedy
Wilmington Blue Rocks Manager
2009–2011
Succeeded by
Vance Wilson
Preceded by
Matt LeCroy
Potomac Nationals Manager
2012
Succeeded by
Brian Daubach
Preceded by
Mark Harris (baseball)
Hagerstown Suns Hitting Coach
2013
Succeeded by
Luis Ordaz
Preceded by
Mark Harris (baseball)
Potomac Nationals Hitting Coach
2014–2015
Succeeded by
Luis Ordaz
Preceded by
Mark Harris (baseball)
Harrisburg Senators Hitting Coach
2016 -
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