2013 Field Staff
Keith Bodie, reigning Texas League Manager of the Year, embarks on his second season as Corpus Christi's field chief in 2013.
2013 is his sixth consecutive year in the Astros system and his 38th professional season. He served as Hooks hitting coach in 2009.
Last season, Corpus Christi topped the Texas League with a franchise-best 81-59 regular-season record. The Hooks took the South Division second-half crown, claiming 63 of their final 97 games for a .649 winning percentage. Corpus Christi led the league in runs (736), RBIs (665), slugging percentage (.410), on-base percentage (.342) and tied for first in batting average (.268). The campaign marked Bodie's return to the managerial ranks for the first time since 2005, when he directed the Harrisburg Senators of the Eastern League.
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 16 seasons as a manager from the short-season Class A level through Triple-A, Bodie's teams have compiled a regular-season record of 1,067-984 for an overall winning percentage of .520. Nine of his clubs have qualified for post-season play, including last year's Hooks and the Texas League's Wichita Wranglers from 2000 through 2003.
In five campaigns as a Texas League manager, Bodie's clubs have won five second-half championships. His TL charges stand 387-306 for a .558 winning percentage. That ranks as the seventh-highest career winning percentage 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
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Gary Ruby is in his sixth season as a pitching coach in the Astros system and his second 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 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.
Ruby served parts of three seasons as pitching coach for Leones del Escogido in the Dominican Republic. 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).
Tim Garland begins his first 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 over the past two seasons. 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 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.
Former Astros catcher Mark Bailey returns to Corpus Christi following a two-year stint as hitting coach for the Tri-City ValleyCats of the New York-Penn League.
Last season, the ValleyCats captured first place in the Stedler Division before falling to Hudson Valley in the finals. Tri-City hitters placed first in home runs, tied for first in team batting and ranked second in runs scored.
Following eight years as Houston's bullpen coach, Bailey served as Hooks hitting chief in 2010. It marked a return to the Texas League for the first time since 2001, when he coached then-Double-A Round Rock. Under Bailey's guidance, Round Rock led the circuit in team batting and home runs in 2000.
Now in his 16th year as a coach in the Astros organization, Bailey returned to baseball as a hitting coach in 1998 with Kissimmee of the Florida State League. In 1999, he moved up to Double-A Jackson, coaching for the Generals in their final Mississippi season before the franchise relocated to Round Rock.
Selected by the Astros in the sixth round of the 1982 draft out of Southwest Missouri State (now Missouri State), Bailey was a three-year letterman in both baseball and basketball for the Bears. He was a two-time Division II All-American in baseball and played in the Division II College World Series. On the court, he led the Bears in rebounding and field goal percentage as a sophomore.
Bailey caught for 13 seasons professionally, spending portions of seven years in the Major Leagues with Houston and San Francisco. His best season was 1985, when he hit .265 with 10 home runs and 45 RBIs, while starting in 96 games for Houston. Bailey played 57 games for the 1986 National League Western Division champion Astros.
A switch-hitter, Bailey became the 13th player in National League history to homer from both sides of the plate in the same game when he clubbed a pair of solo shots at the Astrodome in Houston's 10-9 win over San Diego on September 16, 1984. He is one of 52 NL players to accomplish the feat.
Bailey, wife Mary Pat and son John Patrick live in Fulshear, Texas.
Bryan Baca is in his seventh season with the Astros organization and his first at Corpus Christi. Baca comes to the Sparkling City after a two-year stay at Lancaster of the California League.
Baca 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 first season with the Hooks and his second campaign as a strength and conditioning coach in the Astros organization. He served in the same capacity with 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 26-year-old graduated in 2010 with a bachelor's degree in Exercise Science.