A longtime Oakland Athletics minor-league coach will manage the Beloit Snappers in 2018.
Webster Garrison will be at the helm of Beloit’s coaching staff, replacing 2017 Snappers skipper Scott Steinmann, who will manage the Midland RockHounds (Oakland’s Double-A affiliate in the Texas League) in 2018. Garrison has been a coach in the A’s organization since 1999, when he was a player-coach for the RockHounds. He has managed at five different levels of the A’s farm system, and also has served as a hitting coach. He most recently managed Oakland’s rookie-level team in the Arizona League, in 2016 and 2017.
Garrison previously managed in the Midwest League in 2003, when he led the Kane County Cougars to a league-best 80-59 record in the regular season before his team was knocked out of the playoffs in the first round. He was named the Midwest League Manager of the Year.
Garrison’s ’03 Cougars team included nine future major-leaguers, including Andre Ethier (.272 BA, 11 RBI in 40 games), Nelson Cruz (.238 BA, 20 HR, 85 RBI in 119 games), John Baker (.309 BA, 6 HR, 49 RBI in 82 games) and Joe Blanton (8-7, 2.57 ERA, 144 Ks, 19 BB in 133 IP/21 starts).
Garrison’s playing career spanned 16 minor-league seasons with the A’s and the Toronto Blue Jays, who drafted him out of high school in the second round of the 1983 draft. He appeared in five MLB games for the A’s in 1996, going 0-for-9 with a walk at the plate. He was primarily a middle infielder, but also played the corner positions and outfield on occasion.
Rounding out the 2018 Snappers coaching staff is hitting coach Juan Dilone, who enters his third season in that position for Beloit; and pitching coach Don Schulze, who previously served in that capacity for Beloit in 2016 (and Kane County in 2008). Schulze was Midland’s pitching coach in 2017.