Jose Leger

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Jose Joaquin Leger Duran

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Biographical Information[edit]

The Minnesota Twins signed Jose Leger as a non-drafted free agent on June 28, 2004 and he played in their minor league system from 2004-2006, briefly reaching AA in his final season. Overall Leger hit .261/.334/.329 while appearing in 116 games. Defensively he split his time between third base and catcher primarily.

Leger began his coaching career in 2009 as a hitting coach for the DSL Twins. The next year he joined the New York Mets organization and managed a number of their minor league affiliates from 2010 through 2017. He was named the 2015 South Atlantic League Manager of the Year after leading the Savannah Sand Gnats to a playoff berth.

In 2018 the St. Louis Cardinals hired Leger as their Latin American Field & Academy Development Coordinator (AKA Latin American Field Coordinator) and he stayed in this role through 2020. Leger returned to the playing field in 2021 as manager for the Springfield (MO) Cardinals. He celebrated his 500th win as a professional manager on September 15, 2022 when the Cardinals beat the Tulsa Drillers. Leger is scheduled to return to Springfield in 2024 for a fourth season.

Leger also has an extensive coaching & managing record in the Dominican League. He may have started coaching with the Tigres del Licey as early as the 2008/2009 season. Leger was named their third base coach on 11/27/2010 and probably stayed in that role for the 2011/2012 season. It appears he moved to the Estrellas Orientales the following year in the same role and remained there through 2014/2015.

The following were confirmed through news accounts. Leger served as the bench coach for the Leones del Escogido from 2015/2016 through the 2019/2020 season. On January 3, 2019 Leger replaced Luis Rojas as manager for the remainder of the season when Rojas had to leave due to MLB responsibilities. After a year away, Leger was the bench coach for Licey during the 2021/2022 season. The following year he took over as manager of the Águilas Cibaeñas and stayed there until he was fired on November 5, 2023. A mere four days later Escogido hired him as an assistant manager.

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
2010 DSL Mets 1 Dominican Summer League 39-32 14th(t) New York Mets
2011 DSL Mets 1 Dominican Summer League 34-36 17th New York Mets
2012 Kingsport Mets Appalachian League 23-43 9th New York Mets
2013 Kingsport Mets Appalachian League 40-27 2nd(t) New York Mets Lost in 1st round
2014 Kingsport Mets Appalachian League 34-34 6th New York Mets
2015 Savannah Sand Gnats South Atlantic League 84-53 2nd New York Mets Lost in 1st round
2016 Columbia Fireflies South Atlantic League 67-73 10th New York Mets
2017 Columbia Fireflies South Atlantic League 68-70 9th New York Mets
2021 Springfield Cardinals Double-A Central 45-75 10th St. Louis Cardinals
2022 Springfield Cardinals Texas League 68-70 7th St. Louis Cardinals
2023 Springfield Cardinals Texas League 72-66 3rd St. Louis Cardinals Lost in 1st round
2024 Springfield Cardinals Texas League St. Louis Cardinals

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