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Willie Blair #47

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Full Name:
Willie Blair
Uniform #:
47

COACHING CAREER
• Enters his second season coaching at the Major League level as manager Bud Black's bullpen coach...in his first campaign, the Padres relievers posted a 3.39 ERA, the sixth-best mark in the National League.

• Made his Padres coaching debut with Single-A Fort Wayne in 2011 as pitching coach, also serving in the same capacity for 2012.

• Helped coach two pitchers to Fort Wayne franchise records in 2012, with RHP Adys Portillo posting a 1.87 ERA, the best single-season mark in TinCaps history among pitchers with 75.0-or-more innings pitched…also had RHP Matt Stites set the single-season TinCaps ERA record among pitchers with 45.0-or-more innings pitched by posting a 0.74 ERA.

• In 2012, coached Padres Minor League Pitcher of the Year RHP Matt Wisler, who compiled a 5-4 record with a 2.53 ERA (32 ER, 114.0 IP) in 24 games, including 23 starts, for Fort Wayne.

• Had two of his pitchers rank among the top-10 in ERA in the Midwest League in 2011, with LHP Mark Hardy ranking fifth (2.78) and RHP Keyvius Sampson placing seventh (2.90).

• Served as pitching coach for the independent Northern League's Joliet Jackhammers in 2010.

PLAYING CAREER
• Originally signed by the Toronto Blue Jays as an 11th-round selection in the 1986 First-Year Player Draft.

• Went 60-86 with a 5.04 ERA (713 ER, 1274.0 IP) and 759 strikeouts against 415 walks in 418 games (139 starts) over parts of 12 Major League seasons with the Blue Jays (1990), Cleveland Indians (1991), Houston Astros (1992), Colorado Rockies (1993-94), Padres (1995-96), Detroit Tigers (1997, 1999-2001), Arizona Diamondbacks (1998) and New York Mets (1998).

• Won a career-high 16 games for the Tigers in 1997, going 16-8 with a 4.17 ERA (81 ER, 175.0 IP) over 29 games, including 27 starts, that season.

• Served as the final Opening Day starter in Tiger Stadium history on April 12, 1999, along with battery mate and former Padres special assistant to baseball operations, Brad Ausmus…tossed 8.0 shutout innings in a 1-0 Tigers loss.

PERSONAL
• Full name is William Allen Blair…he and his wife, Trina, have three children: Paige, Taylor and Jaxson.

• Attended Morehead State University (KY) and Johnson Central High School (KY).

• Following his retirement as a player, was the head junior varsity baseball coach at Lexington Christian Academy.

• Led local youth league teams in Kentucky to the Cal Ripken League World Series in 2005 and 2007…earned his bachelor's degree in Sports and Recreation Management from Ashford University in 2011.

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