Hal Lanier – Field Manager, Ottawa

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.

Managerial Record

YearClubLeagueAffiliateLevelRecordFinishPlayoffs
1976St. PetersburgFlorida StateSt. LouisHigh-A70-715th/8
1977GastoniaWestern CarolinasSt. LouisLow-A82-571st/6League Champions
1978St. PetersburgFlorida StateSt. LouisHigh-A84-581st/11
1979SpringfieldAmer. Assoc.St. LouisTriple-A73-633rd/8
1980SpringfieldAmer. Assoc.St. LouisTriple-A75-612nd/8League Champions
1986HoustonNationalMLB96-662nd/12Lost NLCS
1987HoustonNationalMLB76-869th/12
1988HoustonNationalMLB82-807th/12
1996WinnipegNorthern--Independent50-342nd/8Lost Semifinals
1997WinnipegNorthern--Independent53-301st/8Lost Finals
1998WinnipegNorthern--Independent58-282nd/8Lost Semifinals
1999WinnipegNorthern--Independent48-383rd/8Lost Finals
2000WinnipegNorthern--Independent48-382nd/8Lost Quarterfinals
2001WinnipegNorthern--Independent52-38T-2nd/8Lost Finals
2002WinnipegNorthern--Independent56-331st/10Lost Finals
2003WinnipegNorthern--Independent55-342nd/10Lost Finals
2004WinnipegNorthern--Independent56-393rd/10
2005WinnipegNorthern--Independent47-48T-6th/12
2006JolietNorthern--Independent42-558th/8
2007JolietNorthern--Independent45-415th/8
2008SussexCan-Am--Independent52-423rd/8League Champions
2009SussexCan-Am--Independent38-565th/6
2010NormalFrontier--Independent44-528th/12
2011NormalFrontier--Independent46-507th/12
2015OttawaCan-Am--Independent46-505th/6
2016OttawaCan-Am--Independent51-494th/6League Champions
2017OttawaCan-Am--Independent42-565th/6