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2014 Field Staff


 

Manager

 

Keith Bodie returns for his third season as Corpus Christi's field chief.

Bodie, who has led Corpus Christi to back-to-back playoff appearances, stands 164-116 (.586) as Hooks skipper. Corpus Christi set franchise records for victories each of the last two seasons and has won three consecutive halves in Texas League South Division play. He was a member of the U.S. coaching staff at the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game last July and won Texas League Manager of the Year honors in 2012.

Bodie, 58, embarks upon his seventh consecutive year in the Astros system and his 39th professional season. He served as Hooks hitting coach in 2009.

Bodie's current run in the Houston organization began in 2008 when he worked as the hitting coach for Salem (Va.) of the Carolina League. The Brooklyn native also tutored Astros Triple-A hitters in Round Rock (2010) and Oklahoma City (2011).

In 17 seasons as a manager from the short-season Class A level through Triple-A, Bodie's teams have compiled a regular-season record of 1,150-1,041 for an overall winning percentage of .525. Ten of his clubs have qualified for post-season play.

In six campaigns as a Texas League manager, Bodie's clubs have won six second-half championships. His TL charges stand 470-363 for a .564 winning percentage, fourth all-time among circuit skippers with at least 500 games at the helm.

A third-round pick of the New York Mets in the 1974 draft out of South Shore High School in Brooklyn, Bodie spent nine seasons as a player in the Mets and Astros farm systems, reaching the Triple-A level with Tucson in 1981. Primarily a third baseman and outfielder, he posted a career .256 batting average with 42 home runs, 294 RBIs and 98 stolen bases in 869 games. 

Bodie transitioned to coaching in 1983 with the Auburn Astros of the New York-Penn League. He coached with Double-A Columbus of the Southern League for two seasons before landing his first managerial post in 1986 at Auburn.

Bodie was named South Atlantic League Manager of the Year in 1987 when he guided the Asheville Tourists to a 91-48 record and a finals appearance. The following year his Osceola Astros made it to the Florida State League title series after going 83-54 during the regular season. His other managerial assignments included Clinton, San Bernardino, Calgary, Phoenix and Bakersfield. In 1993, Bodie had the opportunity to manage the Maui Stingrays in the inaugural season of the Hawaiian Winter League. 

Bodie also spent six years as San Francisco's Minor League Field Coordinator (1994-1999). Following Wichita's exit from the playoffs in 2001, he had the opportunity to serve as a coach with the Kansas City Royals during the final month of the season.

Bodie's talents have also been utilized by Hollywood. Hired as a technical advisor for the 1985 Neil Simon film The Slugger's Wife, Bodie spent five months teaching lead actor Michael O'Keefe how to hit and play the game. Bodie appears in the movie in one scene as the clubhouse manager for the Atlanta Braves.  

A resident of Gilbert, Arizona in the off-season, Bodie and wife Stacy have two daughters, Brittney and Breeana, and a son, Robert.

Keith Bodie's Career Managerial Record
Year Team League Affiliate   Record
1986 Auburn New York-Penn Houston   44-32
1987 Asheville South Atlantic Houston   91-48
1988 Osceola Florida State Houston   83-54
1989 Clinton Midwest San Francisco   55-84
1990 San Bernardino California Seattle   77-65
1991 Calgary Pacific Coast Seattle   72-64
1992 Calgary Pacific Coast Seattle   60-78
1993 Calgary Pacific Coast Seattle   68-72
1995 Phoenix Pacific Coast San Francisco   42-58*
1997 Bakersfield California San Francisco   24-45**
2000 Wichita Texas Kansas City   76-61
2001 Wichita Texas Kansas City   79-58
2002 Wichita Texas Kansas City   80-59
2003 Wichita Texas Kansas City   71-69
2005 Harrisburg Eastern Washington   64-78
2012 Corpus Christi Texas Houston   81-59
2013 Corpus Christi Texas Houston   83-57
Totals (17 seasons)       1,150-1,041
*- was replaced by Jim Davenport after 100 games
**- replaced Glenn Tufts on June 25

 

 

Pitching Coach

 

Gary Ruby, the 2013 Mike Coolbaugh Texas League Coach of the Year, is in his seventh season as a pitching coach in the Astros system and his third in Corpus Christi. He came to South Texas after three years as pitching coach for the Tri-City ValleyCats of the New York-Penn League.

Ruby, 64, has worked as a pitching coach or minor league pitching coordinator since 1987, when he was hired by the California Angels. His nine-year stint with the Angels included stops as a pitching coach in Midland, Edmonton and Vancouver. He then spent 1996-97 as pitching coach for Cleveland's Triple-A affiliate in Buffalo.

Ruby worked from 1998-2001 in the Phillies organization, concluding his term as the system's director of player personnel for a year and a half. He then moved on to Pittsburgh, where he spent six seasons (2002-07) as the Pirates' minor league pitching coordinator. Ruby joined the Astros in 2008 as pitching coach for Salem of the Carolina League.

This winter, Ruby was in the Dominican Republic, serving as pitching coach for Los Toros del Este. He spent parts of the past three off-seasons with Leones del Escogido. Escogido captured the Dominican Winter League title in 2012, posting a team ERA of 3.28.

Selected by Cleveland in the 22nd round of the 1969 draft out of Arizona State University, Ruby spent three seasons as a pitcher in the Indians farm system. He received a bachelor's degree in Health, Physical Education and Recreation from the University of Tampa and later earned a master's degree in Adult and Secondary Education at the University of Scranton.

Ruby, who makes his off-season home in Archbald, Pennsylvania, grew up around the game of baseball. His grandfather, Joe Paparella, was an American League umpire for 20 years (1946-65) and worked four World Series (1948, 1951, 1957 and 1963).   

 

Hitting Coach

 

Tim Garland begins his second season with the Astros organization following seven years as a coach in the Oakland system. Garland served as hitting coach of the rival Midland RockHounds prior to his assignment with the Hooks. The 15-year minor league veteran made his coaching debut in 2006 with Kane County of the Midwest League and tutored High-A Stockton hitters from 2007-10.    

Drafted by the New York Yankees in 1989 out of Pensacola Junior College, Garland notched a career .281 batting average in 1,356 games and 5,138 at-bats. He tallied 1,445 hits, 41 home runs, 471 RBIs and 388 stolen bases.

Garland, 43, worked four seasons as a Yankee farmhand, reaching the Carolina League before moving to the independent ranks. He played under Astros great Jose Cruz in 1994 as a member of the Texas-Louisiana League's San Antonio Tejanos. The following year, Garland hit .301 with 20 doubles, nine home runs, 44 RBIs and 37 stolen bases in 96 games for Rio Grande Valley, managed by former Houston catcher Alan Ashby. 

Signed by San Francisco as a free agent in 1996, he was in the Giants system for two and a half seasons when Keith Bodie was minor league field coordinator. Garland batted .304, swiped 116 bases and totaled 343 hits over two campaigns with San Jose. He hit safely in 23 consecutive games in '96, establishing a club record which stood until 2011. Garland is still the SJ Giants single-season standard bearer in steals (65) and hits (172), both achieved in 1997.

He finished the 1998 season in the Orioles system before being picked up by the Athletics. Garland played for the 1999 RockHounds, the first season of their Oakland affiliation, batting .289 with six home runs, 55 RBIs and 28 stolen bases. 

Garland logged three years in the Triple-A Mexican League, suiting up for Campeche, Tabasco and Reynosa. He hit .308 with 90 runs scored, 24 doubles, five home runs, 49 RBIs and 37 stolen bases south of the border. 

The well-traveled outfielder also made stops at Long Island (Atlantic League), Winnipeg (Northern League Central), Amarillo (Central League), Sioux City (Northern League Central), Nashua (Atlantic League), Atlantic City (Atlantic League) and Jackson (Central League) before calling it a career in 2004.

Garland currently resides in Danville, Virginia.

 

Development Specialist

 

Tom Lawless begins his sixth consecutive season in the Astros system. He will work with the Hooks and scout the Texas League on home dates. When Corpus Christi travels, Lawless will tour other Houston affiliates.

The former major-league infielder worked in the same role at Triple-A Oklahoma City last season. Lawless began 2012 as Houston's roving infield instructor. He closed out the campaign as the RedHawks' interim manager in the wake of Tony DeFrancesco's promotion to Houston on August 19.

Lawless, 57, took charge of the Hooks in 2011 in what was his 10th season as a minor-league manager. He piloted the Lancaster JetHawks in 2010 and was at the helm with the Lexington Legends in 2009. 

A native of Pennsylvania, Lawless played portions of eight seasons in the major leagues with Cincinnati, Montreal, St. Louis and Toronto. Primarily a second baseman and third baseman, Lawless appeared in 343 games.   

Lawless is well known for two events during his big-league playing career. In August of 1984 he was traded by Cincinnati to Montreal in exchange for Pete Rose - the only deal involving Rose in his 24-year career. And in the 1987 World Series, Lawless clubbed a three-run home run off eventual Series MVP Frank Viola to help the Cardinals beat the Twins 7-2 in Game 4.    

Selected by Cincinnati in the 17th round of the 1978 draft out of Penn State University Erie, Lawless spent five seasons in the minors before making his major league debut with the Reds on July 15, 1982. Lawless fashioned three consecutive seasons in the Reds system (1979-1981) in which he stole 60 or more bases, including a total of 123 steals with Double-A Waterbury in the Eastern League in 1980 and 1981.

Lawless ended his playing career in 1990 and began his career in the coaching ranks in 1992 as a minor league infield/baserunning instructor in the Angels organization. In his third year in the California system, Lawless led the Cedar Rapids Kernels to a Midwest League championship in his first season as a manager. The 1994 Kernels finished the regular season at 77-62 and included such players as Jamie Burke, Aaron Guiel and Bengie Molina.

Lawless managed the Kernels again in 1995 and 1996, leading them to playoff berths both seasons. 

In 1997, Lawless began a three-year stint as the hitting coach for the Triple-A Norfolk Tides, then an affiliate of the New York Mets. 

He returned to the managerial ranks and the Midwest League in 2000 as the skipper of the Peoria Chiefs (Cardinals). The following year, Lawless managed the Fort Wayne Wizards (Padres), also in the Midwest League.

The 2002 season brought a departure for Lawless, who served as an on-field operations assistant for the Office of the Commissioner of Major League Baseball.

In 2003, Lawless again put on the uniform, beginning the first of two seasons as the manager for the Frederick Keys (Orioles) in the Carolina League. He remained in the Baltimore organization for the next four seasons as the minor league roving infield/baserunning instructor (2005-08).

In 2010, Lawless managed the Chinese National Team to a fourth-place finish at the 16th Asian Games, held in Guangzhou. He was also a coach for China during the 2008 Olympic Summer Games.

Lawless and his wife of 33 years, Cheryl, live in St. Louis. They have three daughters; Jessica, Samantha and Hillary.

 

Athletic Trainer

 

Bryan Baca is in his eighth season with the Astros organization and his second at Corpus Christi. Baca came to the Sparkling City after a two-year stay at Lancaster of the California League.

Baca, 33, began his tenure with Houston in 2007 as Rookie League Greeneville's athletic trainer. He then served three seasons for the Tri-City ValleyCats in the New York-Penn League.

Prior to his employment with the Astros, Baca worked for the Santa Fe RoadRunners of the North American Hockey League.  

A native of Santa Fe, Baca graduated from New Mexico State with a B.S. in Athletic Training. During the off-season, he works in the university's sports and physical therapy clinic.

 

 

Strength & Conditioning Coach

 

Trey Wiedman is in his second season with the Hooks and his third campaign as a strength and conditioning coach in the Astros organization. He was stationed at Lexington of the South Atlantic League in 2012.

Prior to his tenure with Houston, Wiedman served area high schools in his hometown of Memphis.

A four-year letterman in baseball at the University of Memphis, he posted a .290 career batting average, totaling 31 doubles, 21 home runs and 111 RBIs. Wiedman led the Tigers in average (.302), slugging percentage (.467), total bases (93), hits (60), RBIs (39) and home runs (8) as a sophomore. The 27-year-old graduated in 2010 with a bachelor's degree in Exercise Science.