Todd Takayoshi

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Todd Michael Takayoshi

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Biographical Information[edit]

At the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, catcher Todd Takayoshi was Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year in 1991.

He then began his pro career with the independent Pocatello Posse in 1993 winning the Pioneer League batting title with a .358/~.468/.465 line and earning a place on the all-star team at DH. He led the league in OBP and walks (50).

He moved to the California Angels organization in 1994, hitting .308/~.396/.447 in 95 games with the Cedar Rapids Kernels and .167/~.286/.167 in only 18 AB with the Lake Elsinore Storm. For Lake Elsinore in 1995 he hit .242/~.402/.350 in only 157 AB while sharing time with Benji Molina and Andy Allanson among others and he hit .278/.316/.389 in 18 AB for the Midland Angels. Returning to Lake Elsinore yet again in 1996, Takayoshi hit .310/~.443/.474, primarily as DH. In 7 AB with the Vancouver Canadians he hit .286/~.292/.286.

In 1997, Takayoshi moved to the independent Western League and the Reno Chukars. He was named Player of the Year for winning the batting title with his .407/??/.593 line and leading the league with 137 hits and 88 RBI. In 1998 his numbers dropped a bit to .318/??/.460. He also served as a coach for the team.

Takayoshi joined the Anaheim Angels organization in 2002 and worked in their player development system for the next decade. He was a hitting coach with the Cedar Rapids Kernels in 2002, Rancho Cucamonga Quakes in 2003, and Arkansas Travelers in 2004-2005. Takayoshi's career took a turn in 2006 when he served as the Angels' minor league catching coordinator. The next year he became the team's minor league hitting instructor and stayed in that role through 2011. From 2009-2011 he also served as the Angels' minor league field coordinator. In addition, in 2011 he replaced Bill Mosiello as manager of the Travelers on June 25th when Mosiello resigned to join the coaching staff at the University of Tennessee. Bobby Mitchell took over for Takayoshi on August 1st. According to Takayoshi's LinkedIn page, he worked for the Angels in 2012 but no information is available regarding his role in the organization that year.

In 2013 Takayoshi moved across town to the Los Angeles Dodgers to serve as their minor league assistant hitting coordinator. He remained in that role through the 2015 season.

Takayoshi left California in 2016 to join the Cincinnati Reds organization. He was a coach for the Pensacola Blue Wahoos until June when he moved to the AZL Reds. He remained with the AZL Reds in 2017-2019 as their hitting coach. He was slated to return in 2020 before COVID-19 caused the cancellation of the minor league season. Takayoshi was a hitting coach for the Chattanooga Lookouts in 2021. He moved to the Oakland A's' organization as hitting coach of the Midland Rockhounds in 2022.

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