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Thursday, October 13, 2022

Steve Siebert showed speed and hitting in high school; Played two pro seasons, later coached HS

Oakville High head coach Rich Sturm assessed his team in Marcy 1987 to The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, including his third baseman Steve Siebert.

Siebert swung a potent bat, The Post-Dispatch wrote. He also showed speed, and had pedigree.

"Siebert is the fastest player Sturm has ever had at Oakville," The Post-Dispatch wrote. "His father Sonny, is a former major-league pitcher."

Siebert went on from Oakville to play in college, and in the pros. His pro career, however, lasted two seasons. He topped out at short-season.

Siebert's pro career began in 1990, taken by the Padres in the 45th round of the draft out of Georgia Southern University.

At Georgia Southern, Siebert doubled home a run in the ninth inning of a regional game, to help knock out UCLA.

He started with the Padres at short-season Spokane. As he arrived, The Spokane Chronicle also noted his father, and his father's position as pitching coach with the Padres in the Arizona League.

Sonny Siebert played 12 seasons in the majors, from 1964 to 1975, and spent several seasons as a coach with the Padres, including in San Diego.

Steve Siebert ended up seeing just four games at Spokane. He went 2 for 13. He spent the rest of his time in Arizona. He saw 28 games there and hit .154.

He had been slated to return to Spokane for 1991, but he never made it. Instead, he moved to the White Sox system and short-season Utica. He doubled and scored in a July game. He hit .204 overall in 31 games to end his career.

Siebert soon returned to the St. Louis area and turned high school coach. He spent 15 years as coach of the freshman and JV teams and assistant on the varsity team at Fort Zumwalt North. Then, in 2010, he he was named head coach, The Post-Dispatch wrote.

"I've got a lot of plans to build the program," Siebert told The Post-Dispatch then. "The way the districts have been drawn in the past, Zumwalt North was always the underdog because we were the smaller school and now that's changing around some. I want to make this a program to be proud of."

He continues as baseball head coach there in 2022, as well as heading the school's softball team.

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:4,049
Made the Majors:1,345-33.2%
Never Made Majors:2,704-66.8%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:548
10+ Seasons in the Minors:333

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