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Skeels Among Winningest Managers In San Jose History
01/12/2012 3:00 PM ET
Andy Skeels has directed two of the finest seasons in franchise history while at the helm in San Jose. The 2009 club established a new team record for wins (93-47) en route to the California League title before his 2011 squad also reached the postseason (90-50). After just two years in San Jose, Skeels ranks second in team history in victories with an outstanding 183-97 record.

Skeels' .654 winning percentage currently ranks first all-time among San Jose Giants managers. Only Ron Wotus (.625 in 1991-92), Steve Decker (.607 in 2008) and Duane Espy (.604 in 1988-89) also own managerial winning percentages over the .600 clip. The 183 career wins Skeels has amassed though ranks considerably behind Lenn Sakata's 466 for the top mark in team history.

Career Wins - San Jose Giants Managers (1988-2011)
1. Lenn Sakata: 466-374 (six seasons; 1999, 2001, 2004-2007)
2. Andy Skeels: 183-97 (two seasons; 2009, 2011)
3. Duane Espy: 172-113 (two seasons; 1988-89)
4. Ron Wotus: 170-102 (two seasons; 1991-92)
5. Carlos Lezcano: 166-114 (two seasons; 1995-96)

Skeels is set to embark on his third season as skipper of the San Jose Giants in 2012. By the end of the year, he should pass Rocky Bridges for the fourth-most wins in franchise history (which dates back to 1942).

Career Wins - San Jose Managers (Dates back to 1942)
1. Lenn Sakata: 466-374 (six seasons: 1999, 2001, 2004-2007)
2. Red Marion: 385-311 (five seasons: 1952-54, 1962-63)
3. Marvin Owen: 377-330 (five seasons: 1947-51)
4. Rocky Bridges: 222-199 (three seasons: 1964-66)
5. Andy Skeels: 183-97 (two seasons: 2009, 2011)

While Skeels is returning to San Jose this year, there was a shake-up at the top of the Giants farm system as Bob Mariano has been named the new manager of the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies. Previously, Mariano was the San Francisco Giants Coordinator of Minor League Hitting. Decker, who spent the last two seasons as the Grizzlies skipper, has taken Mariano's former position within the organization. Decker managed the San Jose Giants in 2008.

Dave Machemer (Double-A Richmond) and Lipso Nava (Low-A Augusta) are both returning to their managerial posts this year.

Meanwhile, Sakata is back in the California League, as the winningest skipper in San Jose history will manage the rival Modesto Nuts (Colorado affiliate) in 2012. Sakata left the Giants organization for a position in Japan after leading San Jose to the 2007 championship. He returned to coaching the US last year as hitting coach for the Low-A Asheville Tourists in the Rockies organization before a promotion to Modesto this year. Sakata won three championships with the Giants in 2001, 2005 and 2007. Modesto's first visit to Municipal Stadium this season is for a three-game series from May 14-16.

Other former San Jose Giants managers still in the San Francisco organization include: Wotus (beginning 14th year as San Francisco's bench coach), Shane Turner (Coordinator of Minor League Instruction) and Bill Hayes (bullpen catcher). 2010 San Jose manager Brian Harper will take on the same role with the High-A Daytona Cubs (Florida State League) this year. Harper managed the Double-A Tennessee Smokies in the Cubs organization last season.



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