Carlos Garcia joined the Pittsburgh coaching staff on October 30,
2009. In addition to his duties as First Base Coach, he will serve
the Major League club as its Infield Instructor.
Garcia spent the last two seasons as Pittsburgh's minor league
Infield Coordinator; spending part of the final month of the 2009
season with the big league team in Pittsburgh. He also managed
Navegantes del Magallanes in Venezuela this past off season. His
club posted a 41-22 regular season record and advanced to the
Championship Series, but lost, four games to three, to Caracas.
Prior to returning to the Pirates in 2008, Carlos spent the
previous three years (2005-07) as Seattle's Third Base Coach and
Major League Infield Instructor. Under his supervision, the
Mariners led the American League in fielding percentage in 2005
and finished among the top five in 2006 and 2007.
Garcia served the Cleveland Indians organization as its hitting
and infield coach with Triple-A Buffalo in 2003-04 after spending
the 2002 campaign as a player-coach with the club.
A former infielder, Garcia spent parts of 13 seasons in the Major
Leagues with Pittsburgh (1990-96), Toronto (1997), Anaheim
(1998) and San Diego (1999). He made his Major League debut
with the Pirates on 9/20/90 and singled as a pinch hitter off Bill
Long at Wrigley Field in his first big league plate appearance that
afternoon. Carlos made one appearance during the 1992 N.L.C.S.
against Atlanta and hit a career-high 12 home runs with the Bucs
in 1993; his first career homer was an inside-the-park job off Orel
Hershiser at Dodger Stadium on 4/16/93.
One of the highlights of Garcia's career was being named to
National League All-Star team while playing for the Pirates in
1994. The game was played at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh
and Carlos received a warm reception from the fans during pre
game introductions that night (he entered the game in the 4th
inning at second base and went 1-for-2 at the plate). Among his
other highlights were a 21-game hitting streak in 1995 and hitting
the 8,000th home run in Pittsburgh Pirates history on 4/13/96.
Garcia was traded to Toronto as part of a nine-player deal on
11/15/96 and appeared in 103 games with the Blue Jays in
1997. He spent the 1998
season between Anaheim
and Triple-A Vancouver and
played most of the '99
campaign with Las Vegas
(Padres' AAA). Carlos
compiled a .266 batting
33 home runs, 197 RBI
and 73 stolen bases in
610 big league games,
playing in his last Major
League game with San
Diego on 4/15/99.
Jesus Garcia...Wife's name is
Cathy...Has three children; son Carlos Jr. (9/5/95) and twins Isabel
and Emanuel 10/8/01)...Graduate of Bolivar High School in
Venezuela where he played baseball...Originally signed by Pittsburgh
as a non-drafted free agent at the age of 19 on 1/9/87...Wore
uniform #13 with the Pirates and Blue Jays as a tribute to former
Reds shortstop and Venezuelan native Dave Concepcion, who was
Cincinnati's shortstop for 19 years (1970-1988).