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San Francisco Giants:Damon Minor New Hitting Coach For Sacramento


Former first baseman for the San Francisco Giants, Damon Minor is returning to the organization to become the hitting coach at the Triple-A level. He joins Jose Alguacil, who is the new manager of the Sacramento River Cats.

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In their pursuit of a World Series title in 2002, the San Francisco Giants used a few different lineups to get through the season. When they traveled up to Toronto to take on the Blue Jays, they needed a DH since Barry Bonds liked to play the field, and didn’t have any other options. So it was former 12th-round pick Damon Minor.

Minor, who never was a DH before would hit .667 in the series with 2 home runs. He was never used as a DH again. Not even in the World Series where he was needed most. He was unfortunately left off the roster in favor of Tsuyoshi Shinjo. Then he was traded away in May of 2003, only to return the following year to finish his career.

Minor is back again, accepting the job of hitting coach in Sacramento. He comes to the organization after spending the last five seasons with the New Orleans Zephyrs. His experience within the organization and his successful minor league career will help him establish himself quickly with the team.

Minor joins a staff that will be led by another former member of the organization in Jose Alguacil. He was the manager at Double-A Richmond last year. He also played in the Giants organization starting in 1993. He was a light-hitting infielder who could play all over the diamond. He has been in the system as a coach for several years, and as a defensive coordinator in the minors, helped many of the young infielders who are at the big league level now.

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The River Cats are retaining both the pitching coach (Dwight Bernard) and athletic trainer (L.J. Petra).