Jeff Datz

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Jeffrey William Datz
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Biographical Information[edit]

After his playing career ended, catcher Jeff Datz went on to be a scout and minor league manager. Working his way up the Cleveland Indians' chain, Datz coached the Watertown Indians (1993) and managed Watertown (1994) and the Columbus RedStixx (1995) to the playoffs. His Canton-Akron Indians (1996) and Akron Aeros (1997) didn't make the playoffs. His Buffalo Bisons won the International League title in 1998, but finished 9th in 1999. In 2000-2001, he was the Indians' minor league field coordinator. He was a Cleveland Indians coach from 2002 to 2009, then became a coach with the Baltimore Orioles in 2010. In 2011, he moved to the Seattle Mariners where he became the third base coach under Eric Wedge. In 2013, he had to take some time off to undergo radiation therapy, following the discovery of a cancerous tumor in his neck. Datz is the Atlanta Braves' minor league catching coordinator for 2019.

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
1994 Watertown Indians New York-Penn League 48-26 1st Cleveland Indians Lost in 1st round
1995 Columbus RedStixx South Atlantic League 80-62 3rd Cleveland Indians Lost in 1st round
1996 Canton-Akron Indians Eastern League 71-71 6th Cleveland Indians
1997 Akron Aeros Eastern League 51-90 10th Cleveland Indians
1998 Buffalo Bisons International League 81-62 1st Cleveland Indians League Champs
1999 Buffalo Bisons International League 72-72 9th Cleveland Indians

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