Jeffrey Leonard to Manage Reno Silver SoxJanuary 8, 2008 - Golden Baseball League (GBL) Reno Silver Sox
"We are excited to hire Jeffrey Leonard as our new manager" said Curt Jacey, General Manager of the Reno Silver Sox. "He's a proven minor league manager who will bring excitement to the ball park. He is also very active with youth sports and the community a main focus of our team and league."
Leonard, 52, was signed as an amateur free agent out of high school in 1973 by the Los Angeles Dodgers. He rose rapidly through their farm system as a complete player known both for his defense, leading the California League in outfield assists at Bakersfield and his dominating presence at the plate as he led the AAA Pacific Coast League in hits and batting average while with the Albuquerque Dukes. Joining the Dodgers in 1977 as a 21 year old he began a 14-year major league career where he compiled almost 1500 hits and hit 144 home runs while playing for five teams, appearing in two National League Championship Series, was voted an all-star twice, finished in the National League MVP Top 20 voting twice, and had such an outstanding National League Championship Series in 1987 that he was voted MVP even though his Giants lost to the St. Louis Cardinals. He has coached and managed in the Oakland Athletics farm system, served as a hitting coach for the Montreal Expos, managed in the independent Western League, and has run a leading youth baseball academy in northern California.
"I am thrilled to have this opportunity to manage and help develop professional baseball players" said Leonard. "Reno is a great city and the Silver Sox have quickly developed a strong tradition that I want to build on. I'm looking forward to managing a fine team, getting to know the community and getting involved with the fans and with the Reno youth sports organizations as well."
Leonard replaces Les Lancaster who took a managerial job with the Sioux City Explorers of the American Association after his contract expired at the conclusion of the 2007 season.
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