Hal Lanier Baseball Operations
- Height 6'2"
- Weight 180 lbs
- Date of birth 1942 July 04
- Hit Right
- Pitch Right
Former National League Manager of the Year Hal Lanier returns for his third season as manager of the Ottawa Champions after leading the team to a Can-Am championship title in the team’s second year of existence. For his efforts, he was named 2016 Can-Am League Manager of the Year as voted by fellow managers and front offices.
Prior to joining the Champions, Lanier managed the Frontier League’s Normal Cornbelters in 2010 and 2011. He had previously managed the Can-Am League’s Sussex Skyhawks from 2008 to 2009, leading the club to the league championship in 2008. Lanier also spent ten seasons at the helm of the Northern League’s Winnipeg Goldeyes.
From 1986 to 1988, he managed the Houston Astros, guiding the team to a 96-66 record and the division championship in 1986, earning NL Manager of the Year honours. Prior to Houston, Lanier served as the third-base coach for the St. Louis Cardinals for five seasons, including their 1982 World Series and 1985 NLCS squads. He had managed in the Cardinals’ minor-league system from 1976-1980.
As a player, Lanier spent ten seasons in the big leagues, eight with the San Francesco Giants and two with the New York Yankees. As a rookie for the Giants in 1964, he batted .274 and was named to the Topps All-Star Rookie team. In his fifth season with San Francisco, Lanier led all National League shortstops in putouts (282) and fielding average (.979)