In this file photo, Don Wakamatsu of the Oakland A's baseball team poses. Oakland bench coach Don Wakamatsu will be named the new manager of the Seattle Mariners. A source familiar with Wakamatsu and the Mariners' search for their 13th full-time manager said Tuesday, Nov.
He's also keenly aware of what his grandparents endured, generations before he took over the Seattle Mariners. Wakamatsu's father, an iron worker, was born in one. A fourth-generation Japanese-American, the former Oakland bench coach was introduced Wednesday as the new manager of the Mariners.
A fourth-generation Japanese-American, Wakamatsu was bench coach for the Oakland Athletics last season. Before that he spent five years with the Texas Rangers. Wakamatsu said he was keenly aware of what his grandparents endured, generations before he took over the Mariners.
The Mariners' 14th manager, Wakamatsu was bench coach for the Oakland Athletics last season. Before that he spent five years with the Texas Rangers. We wanted leadership, a presence that could help us as we define the 'Mariners Way' to win. We wanted someone that both the community and the players could embrace.
After a twelve-year minor league career ended, he spent four seasons as a minor league manager. He was the Texas Rangers bench coach from to and was a candidate to replace Buck Showalter as skipper after his dismissal. Instead, Showalter was replaced by Ron Washington and Wakamatsu became the club's third base coach.
Updated: August 6, pm. A fourth-generation Japanese-American, the former Oakland bench coach was introduced Wednesday as the new manager of the Mariners. The team has close ties to Japan, from Hiroshi Yamauchi, its titular head and Japanese billionaire, through All-Star outfielder Ichiro Suzuki, the franchise cornerstone.
Don Wakamatsu's hiring as Seattle Mariners manager has local Japanese Americans expressing pride, but also concern about assumptions fans might make. But several local Japanese Americans, while crediting the Mariners for having the courage to break barriers in hiring the first Asian-American manager in major-league history, suggest it would be folly to assume that Wakamatsu was hired for any reason other than his baseball credentials. Bob Hasegawa.
Don Wakamatsu's Asian-American heritage helped shape him, but the Mariners' new manager only recently learned what his family endured during the World War II internment of Japanese Americans. She is 91 but could pass for 75, except for a slow gait. Moss covers its roof. It has age-stained, white hardboard siding that turns darker and dirtier each day.
Jon Heyman is reporting that the Colorado Rockies and the Arizona Diamondbacks have both scheduled interviews for their open managerial positions with Kansas City Royals bench coach Don Wakamatsu. Wakamatsu has been the Royals bench coach sincebut his experience in the game dates back much further. Wakamatsu played professionally, reaching the major leagues briefly with the Chicago White Sox in
Washington D. This year's Gala will award Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders who have made outstanding contributions to the field of athletics. Wakamatsu's Bay Area Hayward High School sports career led him to be a three-sport star in basketball, football and baseball; he ultimately chose to play baseball over football.