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Greg Sparks #46

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Full Name:
Greg Sparks
Uniform #:
46

MANAGERIAL/COACHING HIGHLIGHTS: Begins his second season in the White Sox organization as assistant hitting coach to Todd Steverson...Spent the previous 19 seasons (1997-2015) in the Oakland Athletics organization … served as the Athletics minor-league hitting coordinator in 2015 and from 2004-11 … also worked as the hitting coach with Class AAA Sacramento from 2012-14 and Mesa in the Arizona Fall League in 2014 ...During his time in the Athletics organization, worked with major-leaguers Daric Barton, Chris Carter, Josh Donaldson, Brandon Moss, Derek Norris, Kurt Suzuki and Stephen Vogt...After joining Sacramento as hitting coach in 2012, Sparks was replaced as Oakland's minor-league hitting coordinator by current White Sox hitting coach Todd Steverson...Compiled a 359-352 record (.505) in six seasons as a minor-league manager from 1998-03 … was named Northwest League co-Manager of the Year in 1999 with Class A Southern Oregon … led Class AA Modesto to a 78-62 record and a berth in the Texas League playoffs in 2002.

PLAYING CAREER: Appeared in 1,270 career minor-league games over 12 seasons with nine different organizations, batting .241 (1,010-4,183) with 120 home runs and 630 RBI...Recorded a career-best 27 home runs and 77 RBI over two stops in 1992 … was selected by San Diego in the fifth round of the 1984 draft out of Mesa (Ariz.) Community College.

MISCELLANEOUS/PERSONAL: Married Jennifer… has one daughter: Kodie...His father, Joe, was the White Sox first base coach in 1979, managed in their minor-league system from 1970-75 and '77-79 and spent five seasons (1966-69, '73) as a player in the Sox minor-league system ...Was a batboy for the Sox during the 1979 season, including Disco Demolition Night on 7/12/79.

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