APPOINTED: Named as Bench Coach for the Toronto Blue Jays on November 8, 2010.
PERSONAL: Donald Wakamatsu... Married with three children... Bacame the first Asian American to be named manager of a Major League club with Seattle in 2009... Graduated from Hayward High School (CA) in 1981... Was a three-sport prep star, lettering in baseball, basketball and football... Earned four varsity letters under College Baseball Hall of Fame coach Jim Brock at Arizona State University (1982-85)... Was the Sun Devils starting catcher from 1983-85, batting .314 (223-711) with 22 doubles, three triples, 18 home runs and 133 RBI in 196 career games with ASU... Played in the 1983 and 1984 College World Series... Three-time All-Pac-10 selection (1983-85)... Team captain in 1985.
COACHING CAREER: Owns a career 215-248 (.464) record in four seasons as a minor league manager in the Arizona and Los Angeles Angels organizations... Led High Desert to second-half Southern Division title and named the California League Manager of the Year in 1998... Moved to the Angels organization in 2000 and managed at Erie (AA) in the Eastern League... From 2003 to 2006, he was the Texas Rangers' bench coach... He spent 2008 as the bench coach of the Oakland Athletics ... Was 85-77 in his first season as a big league manager with Seattle in 2009, a Major League best 24-game improvement over 2008... Bacame just the third Mariners manager to post a winning season in his first year, joining Lou Piniella (82-80 in 1993), and Bob Melvin (93-69 in 2003)... Under his tutelage the Mariners became just the 13th team in history to post a winning record after losing 100+ games the previous season... Finished with a 127-147 record as manager with the Mariners in parts of two seasons... Named Bench Coach of the Toronto Blue Jays on November 8, 2010 and returns for second season in 2012.