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Don Werner

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Donald Paul Werner

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Biographical Information[edit]

Don Werner of the Cincinnati Reds caught the only no-hitter of Hall of Famer Tom Seaver's career on June 16, 1978.

Since retiring as a player, he has been a minor league manager and coach.

Werner was a player/coach for the Oklahoma City 89ers in 1987-1988. He coached in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization as the hitting coach for the Buffalo Bisons in 1993-1994 and for the Carolina Mudcats in 1995. He was in the San Diego Padres chain for seven seasons, principally as a manager. In 1997-1998 he also worked as the Padres minor league catching coordinator.

He joined the Baltimore Orioles organization as the Delmarva Shorebirds field coach in 2003-2004. Werner was the skipper of the Bowie Baysox in 2005-2006. After the 2006 season he was named minor league catching instructor for the Orioles through the 2013 season when he was promoted to minor league catching coordinator. He stayed in this role through 2019 when the Orioles dismissed him in the midst of a significant player development makeover.

Werner enjoyed one brief coaching stint in the major leagues as an interim bullpen coach with the Orioles from June 24th to August 4th, 2011.

Year-By-Year Minor League Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1989 Jamestown Expos New York-Penn League 44-32 4th Montreal Expos League Champs
1990 Jamestown Expos New York-Penn League 41-36 7th Montreal Expos
1991 Augusta Pirates South Atlantic League 68-74 9th Pittsburgh Pirates
1992 Carolina Mudcats Southern League 52-92 10th Pittsburgh Pirates
1996 Idaho Falls Braves Pioneer League 38-34 4th San Diego Padres
1997 Idaho Falls Braves Pioneer League 39-33 3rd (t) San Diego Padres Lost in 1st round
1998 Idaho Falls Braves Pioneer League 47-29 2nd San Diego Padres League Champs
1999 Idaho Falls Braves Pioneer League 48-27 1st San Diego Padres Lost in 1st round
2000 Idaho Falls Padres Pioneer League 45-29 1st San Diego Padres League Champs
2001 Fort Wayne Wizards Midwest League 31-53 13th San Diego Padres replaced Tom Lawless (23-30) on June 1
2002 Idaho Falls Padres Pioneer League 32-44 8th San Diego Padres
2005 Bowie Baysox Eastern League 74-68 4th (t) Baltimore Orioles
2006 Bowie Baysox Eastern League 67-74 8th Baltimore Orioles

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