Christopher Edward Speier (born June 28, 1950) is an American former professional baseball player and coach. He played in Major League Baseball as a shortstop, most notably for the San Francisco Giants and the Montreal Expos.
Chris Speier in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on May 18, 2013
|Born: June 28, 1950|
|April 7, 1971, for the San Francisco Giants|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 1, 1989, for the San Francisco Giants|
|Runs batted in||720|
|Career highlights and awards|
Professional baseball careerEdit
Speier was drafted by the Giants as the second overall pick in the first round of 1970 Major League Baseball draft. Speier played 19 seasons in the Major Leagues as a shortstop for the Montreal Expos, San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs and briefly for the St. Louis Cardinals and Minnesota Twins during the 1984 season.
Speier accrued a career .246 batting average and a .970 fielding percentage at shortstop. His overall playing strengths were his solid fielding and selective eye at the plate. He was also named to the National League All-Star team during the 1972, 1973 and 1974 seasons as a member of the Giants. Speier won the 1987 Willie Mac Award for his spirit and leadership during his second time with the Giants.
He hit for the cycle twice in his major league career, on July 20, 1978 as a member of the Montreal Expos in a 7-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves at Montreal and nearly 10 years later on July 9, 1988 as a member of the San Francisco Giants in a 21-2 rout of the St. Louis Cardinals at Candlestick Park.
Speier was signed by the Cincinnati Reds on October 29, 2007, as an infield coach and served as the Reds' bench coach. He also filled in when manager Dusty Baker was hospitalized in Chicago in September 2012 – this was when they clinched a playoff berth. He was replaced as the bench coach by Jay Bell when Baker was fired, but stayed on in the Reds organization as a Special Assistant to General Manager Walt Jocketty.
Speier also played 185 games at third base, 138 games at second base and 2 games at first base. In the post-season covering 17 games (1971,1981,1987 NLCS) he batted .280 (14-for-50) with 8 runs, 1 home run and 4 RBI.
Speier converted to Catholicism after meeting his now ex-wife and became an activist in the pro-life movement. In 1993 he was the principal of the religious Ville de Marie Academy in Scottsdale, Arizona. The school was not accredited by the state, nor was it affiliated with the local diocese.
Chris Speier is currently married to Katie Speier.
- "1970 Major League Baseball Draft". thebaseballcube.com. Retrieved August 30, 2018.
- "Baker stays in Chicago hospital to receive fluids". www.Reds.com. Retrieved September 22, 2012.
- Adams, Steve (October 20, 2017). "Dusty Baker Will Not Return As Nationals' Manager In 2018". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved October 20, 2017.
- Dave Walker (February 17, 1993). "Good Book Great Books Shortstop Turned Principal Chris Speier Still Believes in Fundamentals". Phfoenix New Times News.
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors) Warning: Template:Baseballstats cube= parameter should be updated to a numeric value., or Retrosheet
|Awards and achievements|
| Hitting for the cycle
July 20, 1978
July 9, 1988
| Willie Mac Award
| Chicago Cubs third base coach