Phil Nevin

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Phillip Joseph Nevin

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Biographical Information[edit]

Phil Nevin, who played 12 seasons in the big leagues, competed for the United States at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. He was selected by the Houston Astros with the first overall pick in the 1992 amateur draft, against the wishes of Astros scout and Hall of Famer Hal Newhouser, who felt the pick would be better served on a high school infielder in Michigan named Derek Jeter. He made the All-Star team in 2001, a year in which he hit 41 home runs for the San Diego Padres.

Nevin was at California State University, Fullerton at the same time as Frank Charles, Steve Sisco, and Dan Naulty. He was also punter and placekicker on the school's football team.

On May 31, 2006, he was traded to the Chicago Cubs for Jerry Hairston Jr.. He played for three teams that year, hit 22 homers, but it was his last year in the majors.

Nevin managed the Orange County Flyers in 2009, then moved to the Detroit Tigers organization. He was the skipper of the Erie SeaWolves in 2010 and of the Toledo Mud Hens from 2011 to 2013. In 2014, he moved to the Arizona Diamondbacks organization as manager of the Reno Aces. He was one of the candidates in the running for the position of manager of the parent Diamondbacks after the 2016 season, but lost out to Torey Lovullo. A few days later, he accepted a position as third base coach of the San Francisco Giants in 2017, but was let go after the season. In 2018, he joined the New York Yankees as third base coach and stayed until the end of the 2021 season. In 2022, he was named third base coach with the Los Angeles Angels.

He was eligible for election to the Hall of Fame in 2012, but did not receive a single vote. His son Tyler Nevin reached the majors in 2021; another son, Kyle, played college baseball with Baylor University.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • NL All-Star (2001)
  • 20-Home Run Seasons: 5 (1999-2001, 2004 & 2006)
  • 30-Home Run Seasons: 2 (2000 & 2001)
  • 40-Home Run Seasons: 1 (2001)
  • 100 RBI Seasons: 3 (2000, 2001 & 2004)

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
2009 Orange County Flyers Golden Baseball League 37-39 6th Independent Leagues
2010 Erie SeaWolves Eastern League 66-76 11th (t) Detroit Tigers
2011 Toledo Mud Hens International League 67-77 11th Detroit Tigers
2012 Toledo Mud Hens International League 60-84 13th Detroit Tigers
2013 Toledo Mud Hens International League 61-83 13th Detroit Tigers
2014 Reno Aces Pacific Coast League 81-63 1st Arizona Diamondbacks Lost League Finals
2015 Reno Aces Pacific Coast League 70-74 10th Arizona Diamondbacks
2016 Reno Aces Pacific Coast League 76-68 4th Arizona Diamondbacks

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