The Braves have hired Doug Dascenzo as minor league baserunning and outfielder coordinator, after he was named Texas League manager of the year for the Padres’ Double-A San Antonio affiliate.
Having put more emphasis on speed in recent drafts, the Braves want to make sure they get the most out of those draft picks. An outfielder for parts of seven major league seasons with the Chicago Cubs, Texas and San Diego, Dascenzo began his career with 241 consecutive errorless games, a National League record at the time.
He stole 30 or more bases in five consecutive seasons as a minor leaguer, and began his coaching career as a baserunning and outfielder coordinator in the Padres system in 1999.
Dascenzo, 46, had a 425-350 record during the past six seasons as a minor league manager, and his Double-A San Antonio Missions finished with a minor league-best 100-47 record in 2011 including postseason.
The Missions won the Texas League title and Dascenzo was manager of the year, two years after winning a Midwest League manager of the year award with Fort Wayne.