Chris Speier in Philadelphia PA on May 18, 2013
June 28, 1950 |
|April 7, 1971 for the San Francisco Giants|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 1, 1989 for the San Francisco Giants|
|Runs batted in||720|
|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.
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.
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 Cincinnati Reds on October 29, 2007, as an infield coach and also served as the Reds' bench coach. He also filled in when manager Dusty Baker was hospitalized in Chicago in September 2012 – this was when they clinched a playoff berth. He was replaced as the bench coach by Jay Bell when Dusty Baker was fired, but stayed on in the Reds organization as a Special Assistant to General Manager Walt Jocketty.
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 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. The school was not accredited by the state, nor was it affiliated with the local diocese.
- "Baker stays in Chicago hospital to receive fluids". www.Reds.com. Retrieved September 22, 2012.
- 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)
|Willie Mac Award
|Chicago Cubs third base coach