Meet Manager Dann Bilardello

On Friday the Chiefs and the St. Louis Cardinals announced the 2013 field staff that will lead your Chiefs onto the field in April.

There was more information on each of the three coaches than could fit in the press releases so we will post them here, starting today with Manager Dann Bilardello.

Dann Bilardello

  • Has managed three seasons in full-season leagues and four seasons in Short-Season leagues with a career record of 366-349.
  • Made his Managerial debut in 2002 with Great Falls of the Pioneer League in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization. He led the Dodgers to a 47-28 record in his first season and a Pioneer League Championship with future Major Leaguers Delwyn Young, James Loney, Jonathan Broxton, Eric Stults and Joel Guzman.
  • He had Young, Guzman and Broxton again in 2003 with Low-A South Georgia and added Russ Martin and AJ Ellis with a 64-72 record.
  • The 2004 squad, now called the Columbus Catfish, went 69-69 and featured future NL MVP Matt Kemp who hit .288 with 17 home runs as a 19-year old. The Catfish also had Alejandro De Aza, Andy LaRoche, Xavier Paul and Hong-Chih Kuo.
  • Left the Dodgers and managed the Boston Red Sox affiliated Wilmington Blue Rocks in Advanced-A in 2005. The Blue Rocks were 60-80 with future Major Leaguers Cla Meredith, Anibal Sanchez and Luis Mendoza.
  • Spent the 2007-2009 seasons as the St. Louis Cardinals Minor League Catching Coordinator
  • Got back into managing in 2010 with Short Season-A Batavia. He led The Muckdogs to a 45-29 record in 2010 and a Semifinal playoff appearance.
  • The 2011 Muckdogs were 37-39 under Bilardello
  • Last season went 44-32 in Batavia but missed the playoffs.
  • Among the Cardinals prospects he managed in Batavia are: Patrick Wisdom, Mike O’Neil, Nick Longmire, Colin Walsh, Breyvic Valera, John Gast, Kevin Siegrist, David Medina, Nick Martini, Danny Miranda and Sam Gaviglio, Joe Cuda, Tim Cooney and Ben O’Shea.

Playing Career

 

  • A native of Santa Cruz, California, Bilardello starred at Marello Prep before attending Cabrillo College in Aptos, California.
  • Drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the third round of the 1978 January draft and then by the Los Angeles Dodgers with the seventh overall selection in the first round of the 1978 June Free Agent draft.
  • Signed with the Dodgers and hit .239 with two homers and 15 RBI in 1979 for Clinton in the Midwest League.
  • Worked his way to Double-A with the Dodgers before being selected by Cincinnati in the 1982 Rule V draft.
  • Made his Major League debut on April 11, 1983 with the Reds and hit .238 with nine home runs in 109 games as a rookie catcher.
  • His first career home run came on April 26, 1983 off Hall of Famer Tom Seaver.
  • Split time in 1984 and 1985 between Cincinnati and Triple A appearing in 110 MLB games those two seasons as the Reds challenged for the NL West title.
  • Led the National League in 1984 by throwing out 41.5 percent of would-be base stealers. Finished third in 1985 at 48.8 percent.
  • On December 19, 1985 he was traded to the Montreal Expos with John Stuper and two others for Sal Butera and Bill Gullickson.
  • Hit .194 with four home runs in 79 games in 1986. Spent the 1987 & 1988 seasons in Triple-A with Kansas City & Pittsburgh.
  • Returned to the majors in 1989 with Pittsburgh appearing in 33 games with two home runs and a .225 average.
  • The 1990 season was split between Pittsburgh and Triple-A Buffalo before he signed with San Diego in 1991.
  • Between 1992 & 1993 he played 55 games with Triple-A Las Vegas and 32 with the Padres.
  • Final MLB game was on October 4, 1992 with San Diego
  • Played the entire 1993 season in Triple A with the New York Mets affiliated Norfolk Tides.
  • Overall Bilardello played in 382 Major League games batting .204 with 18 home runs, 39 doubles, 91 RBI and 79 runs scored. From 1978 to 1993 he played in 818 Minor League games, 469 of those at the Triple-A level. Overall in the minors he hit .260 with 90 home runs, 121 doubles, 347 runs scored and 385 RBI.
  • In the minors, Bilardello caught Orel Hershiser, Alejandro Pena, Tom Niedenfuer, John Franco, Tom Browning, Tom Gordon and current Cardinals pitching coach Derek Lilliquist. In the Majors he caught Browning, Franco, Lilliquist, Mario Soto, Jeff Russell, Dennis Martinez, Doug Drabek, former Bradley University star Mike Dunne, Andy Benes, Mike Maddux, Randy Myers and Bruce Hurst. Among the managers he played for were: Jim Leyland, Jim Riggleman (Majors and Minors), Russ Nixon, Buck Rodgers, Terry Collins (Minors), John Wathan (Minors) and Clint Hurdle (Minors).

Personal

  • Resides in Vero Beach, Florida and has three children, sons Trey and Davis and daughter Kammie.
  • Davis, a pitcher, was drafted by the Cardinals in the 43rd round in 2007 out of the University of South Florida. He pitched in 26 games in 2007 for Batavia and 33 games in 2008 for Advanced-A Palm Beach going 9-3 with a 4.21 ERA and three saves.
  • Trey is currently a professional caddie for Tag Ridings on the Nationwide Tour
  • Kammie played both tennis and volleyball at Webber International University.

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