Joe Espada

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Joe Espada
Joe Espada on June 12, 2015.jpg
Espada with the New York Yankees
New York Yankees – No. 53
Coach
Born: (1975-08-30) August 30, 1975 (age 41)
Santurce, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Bats: Right Throws: Right

Josue Espada (born August 30, 1975) is a Puerto Rican professional baseball player, coach, and manager. Espada took a job with the New York Yankees as a special assistant to General Manager Brian Cashman in 2014.[1] He used to be the third base coach for the Miami Marlins. Prior to the 2015 season, Espada was named the Yankees' third base coach.

Playing career[edit]

Medal record
Representing  Puerto Rico
Men's Baseball
World Baseball Classic
Silver medal – second place 2013 San Francisco Team
Silver medal – second place 2017 Los Angeles Team

Espada attended the University of Mobile, where he played college baseball for the Mobile Rams. He was selected by the Oakland Athletics in the second round (45th overall) of the 1996 Major League Baseball draft.[2][3] He was selected in the 1998 Rule 5 draft by the Minnesota Twins, but he failed to make the Twins roster and was returned to the Athletics.[4]

Espada during his tenure with the Florida Marlins in 2011

Espada signed with the Marlins as a free agent in 2001, and was traded to the Colorado Rockies for Juan Acevedo. He later played for the Kansas City Royals, St. Louis Cardinals, Texas Rangers, and Tampa Bay Devil Rays organizations. He played until 2005, reaching Triple-A, but never playing in the majors.

Coaching career[edit]

After retiring, he joined the Florida Marlins' organization in 2006. He served as the hitting coach of the Greensboro Grasshoppers of the Class A South Atlantic League in 2006 and for the Jupiter Hammerheads of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League in 2007. Espada spent the next two seasons as the Marlins' minor league infield coordinator.[2]

The Marlins named Espada as their third base coach prior to the 2010 season. He also coached for the Puerto Rican national baseball team during the 2013 World Baseball Classic. Espada served as the Marlins' third base coach through the 2013 season. After the season, he was reassigned to manage Jupiter, as the Marlins wanted Espada to gain managerial experience.[2] Instead, Espada took a job with the New York Yankees as a special assistant to General Manager Brian Cashman.[1]

On January 11, 2015, he was hired by the New York Yankees to be the team's new infield coach and third base coach.[5] He manages the Gigantes de Carolina of the Liga de Béisbol Profesional Roberto Clemente in winter baseball.[6] Espada again coached the Puerto Rican team in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.[7]

Personal[edit]

Espada resides in Jupiter, Florida and White Plains, New York, with his wife Dr. Pamela Dearth-Espada and their two daughters.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Rodriguez, Juan C. (November 5, 2013). "Miami Marlins: Yankees hire third-base coach Joe Espada as special assistant". Sun Sentinel. Retrieved February 15, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c Rodriguez, Juan C. (September 22, 2013). "Miami Marlins reassign third-base coach Joe Espada". Sun Sentinel. Retrieved October 8, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Overachieving Marlins third-base coach Joe Espada true to Puerto Rican roots | marlins.com: News". Miami.marlins.mlb.com. September 21, 2013. Retrieved October 8, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Twins Spring training notebook". Star Tribune. April 1, 1999. Retrieved October 8, 2013.  (subscription required)
  5. ^ "Yankees hire 2 new hitting coaches". ESPN. Retrieved January 11, 2015. 
  6. ^ Rosa Rosa, Carlos (August 3, 2016). "Josué Espada continuará en Carolina: El también coach de tercera base de los Yankees confirmó su regreso a la dirección de los Gigantes de la liga invernal por tercera campaña seguida". El Nuevo Dia. Retrieved August 10, 2016. 
  7. ^ http://www.nj.com/yankees/index.ssf/2017/03/how_yankees_joe_girardi_would_change_world_basebal.html

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Rob Thomson
New York Yankees Third base Coach
2015–
Succeeded by
Incumbent