Sakata played 11 years in the major leagues with the Milwaukee Brewers (1977-79), Baltimore Orioles (1980-85), Oakland Athletics (1986) and New York Yankees (1987). The former middle infielder hit .230 with 25 home runs and 109 RBI's over 565 games during his big league career. Sakata won a World Championship with the Orioles in 1983. He was originally a first round draft pick of the Brewers in 1975.
2014 marks Sakata's 10th year in the Giants organization and his seventh season as a manager in San Jose (1999, 2001, 2004-2007). He enters the 2014 campaign as the winningest manager in California League history with 684 victories over 10 seasons. Sakata has compiled a 466-374 record in six seasons as manager of the San Jose Giants (entering 2014) - the most victories in franchise history. He directed San Jose to the 2001, 2005 and 2007 California League championships. Sakata also holds league managerial records in championships won (3), playoff appearances (8), playoff series won (10) and playoff games won (33).
Sakata left the San Francisco organization after winning the 2007 California League championship with San Jose. He managed in the Chiba Lotte Marines organization in Japan for two seasons from 2008-09 before joining the Colorado Rockies in 2011. Sakata served as hitting coach of the Class-A Asheville Tourists in 2011 before spending the last two seasons as manager of the California League's Modesto Nuts. His 2012 Modesto team advanced to the Championship Series. Sakata also has previous California League managing experience with Modesto in 1989 and the Bakersfield Blaze in 2000. Sakata first joined the San Francisco organization in 1999. He also has a prior coaching stint with the Chiba Lotte Marines organization from 1995-98, serving as both a minor league manager and a major league coach. Sakata previously was a coach in the California Angels (1991-94) and Oakland Athletics (1988-90) farm systems.
Sakata resides in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Couchee was originally drafted by San Diego in 1980 and pitched briefly in the major leagues with the Padres in 1983. He appeared in eight big league games (all in relief) and was 0-1 with a 5.14 ERA. Couchee pitched six seasons professionally with the San Diego (1980-85) and Baltimore (1985) organizations.
Couchee is in his second season as pitching coach for the San Jose Giants after a one-year stint in the same role with the Arizona Rookie League Giants. 2014 marks Couchee's third season in the Giants organization. Couchee previously spent nine years in the San Diego Padres organization, including eight seasons as their Minor League Pitching Coordinator from 2004-2011 and one year as pitching coach for Triple-A Portland in 2003. He also spent 10 seasons as the California/Anaheim Angels Minor League Pitching Coordinator from 1993-2002 after a five-year stint as a pitching coach in their organization. Couchee began his coaching career with Double-A Tulsa in the Texas farm system during the 1986-87 seasons.
Under Couchee's leadership, the 2013 San Jose pitching staff led the California League in ERA (3.66), strikeouts (1282), fewest home runs allowed (103) and was second in shutouts (8).
Couchee resides in Mesa, Arizona.
Nava was originally a 14th round selection by the Seattle Mariners in the 1990 draft. The former infielder played seven years professionally with the Mariners (1990-94), Boston Red Sox (1995) and Chicago Cubs (1997), advancing as high as the Triple-A level.
Nava is in his seventh year in the San Francisco organization and second season as San Jose's hitting coach. Previously, Nava spent two seasons as Augusta's manager from 2011-12 after a three-year stint as the GreenJackets' hitting coach. Under Nava's direction, Augusta's 2011 team won the second half Southern Division title and earned a spot in the playoffs. His two-year managerial record was 139-138 (.502).
Nava resides in Maracaibo, Venezuela.
Havig is in his first season as San Jose's athletic trainer and his fifth year in the Giants organization. Prior to coming to San Jose, he served two seasons (2012-13) as athletic trainer for the Augusta GreenJackets after spending one year each in the same role with the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (2011) and Arizona Rookie League Giants (2010). Havig graduated the University of Wyoming in 2008 with a B.S. in Kinesiology and Health Promotion - Athletic Training and earned a Masters degree in Exercise and Sport Science from the University of Utah. Havig has certifications from the National Athletic Trainer's Association (NATA) and National Strength and Conditioning Association (CSCS).
Havig resides in North Platte, Nebraska.
Strength & Conditioning Coach
Lidge is in his first season in San Jose as strength & conditioning coach and his second year with the San Francisco Giants organization. Prior to joining San Jose, he was the strength and conditioning coach for the Arizona Rookie League Giants. Lidge earned a B.S. in Kinesiology with a concentration in Exercise Physiology from the University of Illinois in 2011 and a Masters degree in Exercise Science from Northeastern Illinois University. Lidge is certified from the National Strength & Conditioning Association (CSCS).
Lidge resides in Barrington, Illinois.