Marlins announce 2016 Major League coaching staff

Marlins hire five new coaches on Don Mattingly's staff

The Miami Marlins today announced that they have finalized Don Mattingly's 2016 coaching staff, naming five new coaches and returning four coaches from 2015. Tim Wallach has been named bench coach, Juan Nieves has been named pitching coach and Barry Bonds has been named hitting coach, joining Frank Menechino, who returns as the team's assistant hitting coach. Also returning from the 2015 staff is first base/infield coach Perry Hill, third base coach Lenny Harris and bullpen coach Reid Cornelius. In addition, the Marlins have named Brian Schneider as the team's catching coach andLorenzo Bundy as the team's outfield/base running coach. The announcement was made by Marlins President of Baseball Operations Michael Hill.

 

Wallach was the Dodgers' bench coach under Mattingly the past two seasons after three seasons as the Dodgers' hitting coach. During his Major League career, Wallach was a five-time All-Star, playing 17 seasons as a third baseman in the Majors with Montreal (1980-92), the Dodgers (1993-96) and the Angels (1996). In addition, he won three Rawlings Gold Glove Awards and two Silver Slugger Awards. His coaching career began in 1997 and includes stints as a Minor League manager, including being named the 2009 Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year, a college coach, and Minor League hitting coach.    

 

Nieves recently served as the pitching coach for the Boston Red Sox from 2013 until May of 2015. He joined the Red Sox after 14 seasons as a coach in the Chicago White Sox organization, including as the White Sox bullpen coach from 2008-2012. He began his coaching career in 1992 in the Yankees organization, following three seasons (1986-88) as a Major League pitcher with Milwaukee. On April 15, 1987 at Baltimore, Nieves became the first Brewers' pitcher and the first Puerto Rican to throw a no-hitter.

 

Bonds, who is starting his first stint as a Major League coach, is Major League Baseball's all-time home run leader with 762 career home runs. A seven-time MVP, Bonds played 22 seasons in the Majors, making the All-Star team 14 times, winning 12 Silver Slugger Awards and eight Rawlings Gold Glove Awards. In addition, Bonds won the NL Hank Aaron Award three times, led the Majors in home runs three times, including setting the single-season record with 73 in 2001, was a two-time batting champion (2002, 2004) and led the NL in slugging percentage seven times. Bonds began his Major League career with Pittsburgh in 1986 and joined the Giants in 1993. He played his final season in 2007, ending his career with the fourth-best career OPS in Major League history after leading the NL in OPS nine times.

 

Schneider joins the Marlins' Major League coaching staff after two seasons as the manager at Single-A Jupiter, his first coaching stint. A former catcher, he played in the Majors for 13 seasons with the Expos/Nationals (2000-07), Mets (2008-09) and Phillies (2010-12).

 

Bundy served as the Dodgers' third base coach for the 2014-15 seasons following three seasons as the organization's Triple-A manager. Honored as the PCL's Manager of the Year in 2012, Bundy has managed 12 seasons in the Minors in the Expos (1990-94), Marlins (1997) and Dodgers (2007-08, 2010-13) organizations and has had four different stints as a Major League coach. He played eight Minor League seasons, from 1981-89, in the Texas, Pittsburgh, and Montreal organizations.

    

Additional information on the 2016 Marlins is available on the team's official website, www.marlins.com.