Rick Magnante has become accustomed to the role of skipper over the years, having spent 16 seasons as a manager for various teams throughout his career. He was a part of the Oakland Athletics organization for 12 of those seasons, serving as manager of the Vancouver Canadians (2006-10), the Vermont Lake Monsters (2011-13), the Beloit Snappers (2014) and the Stockton Ports (2015-18). He was also named manager for Vermont again in 2020 before the season was cancelled. Magnante began his managerial career in 1987 for the Appalachian League’s then-Bristol Tigers. In his first two seasons in Bristol, Magnante compiled a 66-76 overall record, with a 26-game improvement from 1987 to 1988. Since then, Magnante has coached in more than 1,500 games and holds a 739-783 record. In 2018, Magnante was named the California League Manager of the Year after he led the Stockton Ports to a first half division championship title and a 77-63 overall record. The Ports made it to the semifinals of the league championship that year and finished the season ranked first in pitching, second in fielding and third in batting. Before he took on the role of a coach, Magnante was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 13th round of the 1969 MLB June Amateur Draft after playing for the University of California, Santa Barbara. Following his playing career, Magnante started with the Athletics as a scout in 1996 and was credited with signing impactful players such as Barry Zito, Eric Byrnes and Bobby Crosby. Additionally, he managed the South African national team during the inaugural World Baseball Classic in 2006.
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