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Monday, December 19, 2022

Bob Mariano did pretty much everything over his long career in baseball; Had passion to teach

Looking back on his career in 2019, Bob Mariano went through all the positions he'd held in baseball to his hometown Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, from player, to coach, manager and scout.

Having completed a run with the Giants, Mariano also looked forward to his next baseball position, The Post-Gazette wrote.

"I've done pretty much everything," Mariano told The Post-Gazette then. "I still have the passion to teach. Hitting is my forte, but I love managing, too. Whatever options are available, I'm looking at 'em."

Mariano's long career in baseball began as a player in 1980, signed by the Yankees out of Louisiana State University. 

Mariano started with the Yankees at rookie Paintsville and in the Gulf Coast League. He made AA Nashville for 44 games in 1981. He moved to the Orioles in 1983 at AA Charlotte and last played there in 1985.

Mariano then played and coached in Italy. By 1988, he was back stateside with the Yankees as a coach at AA Albany-Colonie. He served as a coach at high-A Prince William in 1990.

By 1994, he was with the Brewers as a coach with AA El Paso. He spoke to The El Paso Times that May about working with one of the club's hitters, Scott Talanoa.

"In spring training, we worked on him staying back and using more of his lower body," Mariano told The Times. "But a lot of what hitting is, is psychological. That, right there, is half the battle."

Mariano's first look at managing came at high-A Stockton in 1995. He then managed at AAA Tucson in 1997, became a roving hitting instructor with the Diamondbacks and arrived with the Dodgers as manager at high-A Vero Beach in 2001.

In June 2001, Mariano spoke to The Vero Beach Press Journal after a tough loss.

"Yeah, it hurts," Mariano told The Press Journal. "Our guys played their heart out and they scratched and clawed their way back all night. This loss hurts."

Mariano later joined the Giants organization, managing at AAA Fresno in 2012 and 2014 and at AAA Sacramento in 2015. He then spent time as a scout.

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:4,091
Made the Majors:1,356-33.2%
Never Made Majors:2,735-66.8%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:552
10+ Seasons in the Minors:334

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