John Russell (russejo02)

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John William Russell

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Biographical Information[edit]

John Russell won Gold with Team USA in the 1981 World Games. He was the All-Star DH in the 1981 Intercontinental Cup, as the US stunned Cuba, 6-5, in the Gold Medal game. It was the only time that the Cuban national team lost a major world event in the 1980s.

Russell was signed as a 1st round pick in the 1982 amateur draft by the Philadelphia Phillies and scouts Doug Gassaway and Don Williams. He played professionally from 1982 through 1994. He hit 27 home runs for the 1983 Portland Beavers and 19 for the same team in 1984, for his two best years offensively.

As a major league player, Russell's best years were with the Phillies: his main teammates were Mike Schmidt, Von Hayes, Juan Samuel and Glenn Wilson. His busiest season was 1986, when he appeared in 93 games, had 316 at-bats, hit 13 homers and drove in 60 runs while batting .241. He had only one other season with more than 200 at-bats as he was usually a back-up. On June 11, 1990, he caught a no-hitter from Nolan Ryan while playing for the Texas Rangers.

Russell was the third base coach and catching instructor for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 2003 through 2005. He was let go after 2005, when Lloyd McClendon was fired as manager. Russell then became a minor league manager once more before returning to Pittsburgh in 2008 as the team's manager. After three unsuccessful seasons, during which the Pirates never escaped last place in the NL Central, he was fired. He became a coach for the Baltimore Orioles in 2011, staying until 2018.

John's son Stone Russell was an 18th round pick in the 2023 amateur draft.

Preceded by
Jim Tracy
Pittsburgh Pirates Manager
Succeeded by
Clint Hurdle

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
1995 Elizabethton Twins Appalachian League 33-31 3rd Minnesota Twins
1996 Fort Myers Miracle Florida State League 79-58 2nd Minnesota Twins
1997 Fort Myers Miracle Florida State League 81-58 3rd Minnesota Twins
1998 New Britain Rock Cats Eastern League 83-59 1st Minnesota Twins Lost League Finals
1999 New Britain Rock Cats Eastern League 59-82 11th Minnesota Twins
2000 New Britain Rock Cats Eastern League 51-91 11th Minnesota Twins
2001 Edmonton Trappers Pacific Coast League 60-83 16th Minnesota Twins
2002 Edmonton Trappers Pacific Coast League 81-59 2nd Minnesota Twins League Champs
2006 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons International League 84-58 1st Philadelphia Phillies Lost in 1st round
2007 Ottawa Lynx International League 55-88 14th Philadelphia Phillies
2008 Pittsburgh Pirates National League 67-95 6th Pittsburgh Pirates
2009 Pittsburgh Pirates National League 62-99 6th Pittsburgh Pirates
2010 Pittsburgh Pirates National League 57-105 6th Pittsburgh Pirates
2023 Tacoma Rainiers Pacific Coast League 77-73 4th Seattle Mariners
2024 Tacoma Rainiers Pacific Coast League Seattle Mariners

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