Full Name: John William Russell
Born: January 5, 1961
2017 Opening Day Age: 56
Birthplace/Residence: Born in Oklahoma City, OK and resides in Bradenton, FL
MAJOR LEAGUE Service: Enters his seventh season with the Orioles and his 13th as a Major League coach or manager (managed the Pirates for three years from 2008-10). Spent all or parts of 10 years in the Major Leagues as a player from 1984-1993.
Begins his 22nd season in professional baseball as a coach or manager and his 13th season in the Major Leagues (10th as a coach, three as a manager)…The 2012 postseason was Russell's first trip to the Major League playoffs as a player, coach, or manager…Russell spent the 2008-10 seasons as manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates, compiling a 186-299 record (119-124 at home, 67-175 on the road)…Prior to being named manager of the Pirates on November 5, 2007, Russell had served the previous two seasons as manager of Philadelphia's Triple-A affiliate (Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 2006 and Ottawa in 2007)...He was named International League Manager of the Year after guiding Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to an 84-58 record and the Northern Division title in 2006…For his efforts in 2006, he served as manager at the 2007 International League All-Star Game…From 2003-05, Russell served as the Pirates Third Base Coach and Major League catching instructor…Began his career as a manager in the Minnesota organization, where his teams posted five winning seasons in his eight years…He was named 2002 Minor League Manager of the Year and "Best Managerial Prospect" by Baseball America after his Edmonton club captured the Pacific Coast League crown…Russell was also tabbed as the Eastern League's "Top Managerial Prospect" by Baseball America after guiding the New Britain club to an 83-59 record and a first place finish in 1998…In 10 seasons as a minor league manager, Russell compiled a 666-667 record and three division championships…In addition to his managerial career, Russell also led the Phoenix Desert Dogs to a 25-19 record and a second place finish in the Arizona Fall League in 2002 and was managing Peoria in 2007 when he was named manager of the Pirates…Russell managed in Venezuela during the 2006 offseason and led the Maracaibo club to the playoffs for the first time in six years.
Originally selected by the Phillies in the first round (No. 13 overall) of the 1982 First-Year Player Draft, the former catcher made his Major League debut for the Phillies on June 24, 1984 (as a left fielder) at Pittsburgh and recorded his first hit, a single off Larry McWilliams, that evening…He hit his first Major League home run on June 25, 1984 off New York's Ron Darling…Played in a total of 448 big league games with Philadelphia (1984-88), Atlanta (1988), and Texas (1990-93), and caught Nolan Ryan's sixth career no-hitter on June 11, 1990…Primarily a catcher, Russell also made appearances at first base, third base, and in left and right field.
Russell is married, his wife's name is Jamie...Has three sons; Brooks, Steel, and Stone...Brooks graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and is pursuing an acting career in New York City...Steel was drafted as a catcher by the Orioles in the 32nd round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft out of Midland (TX) Community College…Russell is a 1979 graduate of Norman (OK) High School, where he lettered in baseball, football, and basketball...Played three seasons of baseball at the University of Oklahoma…Was a member of 1981 USA College All-Star team and held records at Oklahoma for homers in a season (20) and career (48) at the time of graduation.
1994 -- Player/Coach, Oklahoma City 89ers, American Association, AAA (Rangers)
1995 -- Manager, Elizabethton Twins, Appalachian League, Rookie (Twins)
1996-97 -- Manager, Fort Myers Miracle, Florida State League, A (Twins)
1998-2000 -- Manager, New Britain Rock Cats, Eastern league, AA (Twins)
2001-02 -- Manager, Edmonton Trappers, Pacific Coast League, AAA (Twins)
2003-05 -- Third Base Coach, Pittsburgh Pirates
2006 -- Manager, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RedBarons, International League, AAA (Phillies)
2007 -- Manager, Ottawa Lynx, International League, AAA (Phillies)
2008-10 -- Manager, Pittsburgh Pirates
2011 -- Third Base Coach/Bench Coach, Baltimore Orioles
2012-present -- Bench Coach, Baltimore Orioles