Former National League Manager of the Year Hal Lanier returns for his fourth season as the Champions’ skipper in 2018.
Previously, Lanier was the skipper of the Frontier League’s Normal Cornbelters in 2010 and 2011. He had also managed the Can-Am’s Sussex Skyhawks from 2008 to 2009, leading the club to the league championship in 2008. In addition, Lanier spent ten seasons at the helm of the Northern League’s Winnipeg Goldeyes.
From 1986 to 1988, he managed the Houston Astros, guiding the team to a 96-66 record and the division championship in 1986, earning NL Manager of the Year honors. Prior to Houston, Lanier served as the third-base coach for the St. Louis Cardinals for five seasons, including for their 1982 World Series and 1985 NLCS squads.
As a player, Lanier spent ten seasons in the big leagues, eight with San Francisco and two with the New York Yankees. As a rookie for the Giants in 1964, he batted .274 and was named to the Topps All-Star Rookie team.
|1976||St. Petersburg||Florida State||St. Louis||High-A||70-71||5th/8|
|1977||Gastonia||Western Carolinas||St. Louis||Low-A||82-57||1st/6||League Champions|
|1978||St. Petersburg||Florida State||St. Louis||High-A||84-58||1st/11|
|1979||Springfield||Amer. Assoc.||St. Louis||Triple-A||73-63||3rd/8|
|1980||Springfield||Amer. Assoc.||St. Louis||Triple-A||75-61||2nd/8||League Champions|