Brian Esposito
Catcher / Coach
Born: (1979-02-24) February 24, 1979 (age 40)
Staten Island, New York
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
June 2, 2007, for the St. Louis Cardinals
Last MLB appearance
September 30, 2010, for the Houston Astros
MLB statistics
Batting average.000
Home runs0
Runs batted in0
Teams

Brian James Esposito (born February 24, 1979 in Staten Island, New York) is an American minor league baseball manager and former professional baseball catcher who appeared in three games in the Major Leagues in brief stints with the St. Louis Cardinals (2007) and Houston Astros (2010).

Since 2018, Esposito has been the manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates' Triple-A affiliate, the Indianapolis Indians of the International League.[1] In his first year, he led the 2018 Indians to a 73–67 win-loss record, bringing his career managerial mark to 306–262 (.539) over five years.[2]

He had spent 2017 as pilot of the Pirates' Class A Short Season farm team, the West Virginia Black Bears.[3] He previously managed the Pirates Class A affiliate, the West Virginia Power of the South Atlantic League.[4] In 2014, he served as the last manager in the franchise history of the Jamestown Jammers.

Playing career

Esposito was recalled from the Memphis Redbirds on May 30, 2007, when the Cardinals' starting catcher, Yadier Molina, was placed on the disabled list with a fractured wrist. Esposito made his major league debut June 2 against the Houston Astros as a late-inning defensive replacement for Gary Bennett. He did not have a plate appearance. He returned to Memphis on June 5 after the Cardinals acquired veteran catcher Kelly Stinnett from the Los Angeles Dodgers. In 2008, he played for the Double-A Tulsa Drillers in the Colorado Rockies organization and became a free agent at the end of the season.

Esposito signed a minor league contract with the Astros on January 14, 2009, and was invited to spring training.

Esposito would join Houston roster in 2010 when they expanded their roster in September. He would get two plate appearances on September 18, 2010 against the Cincinnati Reds when he was a late inning replacement for Jason Castro. He was also called up June 24, 2011, but sent back down June 29 without an appearance. On October 10, he elected free agency.

On December 23, 2011, Esposito signed a minor league deal with the Cincinnati Reds with an invitation to spring training.

On May 20, 2012 he was signed to a minor league deal by the Chicago Cubs and sent down to their Triple-A affiliate, the Iowa Cubs.[5]

In March 2013, Esposito signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates as a player-coach.[6]

References

  1. ^ Reiter, Cheyne (16 January 2018). "Brian Esposito Appointed as Tribe Manager for 2018". milb.com. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  2. ^ Reiter, Cheyne (18 January 2019), "Brian Esposito Returns as Tribe Manager for 2019." MilB.com
  3. ^ http://www.milb.com/roster/index.jsp?sid=t5020
  4. ^ Biertempfel, Rob (January 15, 2015). "Pirates Notebook: Assignments Finalized".
  5. ^ http://www.kffl.com/gnews.php?id=788329-cubs-brian-esposito-signed
  6. ^ Williams, Tim (March 15, 2013). "Prospect Notebook: A Look at Nick Kingham's Constantly Increasing Velocity".

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from MLB, or Baseball-Reference, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors) Warning: Template:Baseballstats cube= parameter should be updated to a numeric value.
Preceded by
Andy Barkett
Indianapolis Indians manager
2018–
Succeeded by
Incumbent