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  • Happy 70th Birthday to John Wathan/Another Baseball Family: The Wathans

    10/4/1949 is the birthdate of Royals catcher/manager John Wathan so he will be celebratring his 70th birthday today on Oct. 4, 2019.
    Wathan had the best year of his 10 year major league playing career (1976-1985) during the Royals first American League championship year of 1980 when he hit .305. (considerably better than his final career mark of .262).
    He managed the Royal from 1987 to 1991 and his total managerial record for six seasons five with the Royals and one with the Angels was 326-320 for a .505 winning percentage.
    John Wathan's son Dusty, 46, had a long career as a minor league second baseman who got a brief call to the major leagues by the Royals in 2002, where in 3 games he went 3for 5 for a .600 batting.average. Dusty wrapped up his playing career in 2007 with the Phillies AAA affiliate, Ottawa of the International League. That 2007 Ottawa team is the last professional organized baseball team based in Canada. The following year Dusty began managing in the Phillies farm system and in 10 years through 2017 he managed at all levels of the Phillies' minor league system. He became the Phillies third base coach in 2018, a position he repeated in 2019. Dusty Wathan now would be a prime managerial for any MLB managferial vacancy, (even one with the Phillies), if principal Phillies owner, John Middleton decides it's time to move on from present skipper, Gabe Kapler who was only 161-163 in two years as the Phillies manager, despite much higher hopes for the team than to be a middle of the road .500 ballclub.
    It might be very soon that we can say the Wathan family produced a Father & Son who both played for the Kansas City Royals and who managed a major league baseball team.
    Last edited by 1954 Phils; 10-04-2019, 03:34 AM.

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