Baseball Resume: Don Wakamatsu
With new address at Safeco Field, here's the skipper's curriculum vitae
How Don Wakamatsu's resume stacks up as he heads into his first managerial job as skipper of the Mariners:DON WAKAMATSU
Address: Safeco Field | Position: Manager MISSION
"To welcome the challenge to bring a world champion to Seattle." EXPERIENCE
Bench coach for A's, 2008
-- Solidified himself as one of the better minds in game.
Third-base coach for Rangers, 2007
-- Was considered for managing job, but it went to Ron Washington.
Bench coach for Rangers, 2003-06
-- Served under manager Buck Showalter until Showalter was dismissed after 2006 season.
Minor League coordinator and roving catcher for Angels, 2001-02
-- Worked with Angels catching prospects such as Jose Molina, Jeff Mathis and Mike Napoli, now all Major Leaguers.
Manager of Double-A Erie SeaWolves of Angels organization, 2000
-- Club had record of 47-94 as SeaWolves finished 12th in Eastern League.
Manager of Double-A El Paso Diablos of Diamondbacks organization, 1999
-- Club had record of 64-76 as Diablos finished seventh in Texas League.
Manager of Class A High Desert Mavericks in Diamondbacks organization, 1998
-- Club had record of 82-58 and Wakamatsu was named California League Manager of the Year.
Manager of Arizona Fall League Diamondbacks, 1997
-- Club had record of 27-29 and Wakamatsu shared coaching duties with Brian Butterfield.
Major League catcher, 1991 with White Sox
-- Caught 18 games, including nine starts, while batting .226 in 31 at-bats while posting a 1.000 fielding percentage behind plate.
Minor League catcher, 1985-1996 for Reds, White Sox, Dodgers, Rangers, Indians and Mariners
-- Originally drafted by Reds in 11th round of 1985 Amateur Draft but released in 1998 and signed with White Sox.
-- Joined Dodgers organization in 1992 and batted .323 and .327 with Triple-A Albuquerque in 1992 and 1993, respectively.
-- Finished career in Mariners farm system as player-coach for the Double-A Port City Roosters in 1996.
-- Career numbers of .258 batting average with 30 home runs, 318 RBIs in 761 games.
Arizona State University, 1982-1985
-- Four-year starter at catcher for Sun Devils as they advanced to the College World Series in 1983 and 1984.
-- Named All-Pacific-10 Conference last three years with team.
Hayward (Calif.) High School, 1978-81
-- Lettered in baseball, basketball and football but chose baseball.
Born Feb. 22, 1963, in Hood River, Ore.
A fourth-generation Japanese-American
Three children: Jacob, Lucas and Jadyn
Current residence: North Richland Hills, Texas
Rhett Bollinger is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.