Jan 16, 2015

Former Mets Bench Coach: Dave Jauss (2010)

David Patrick Jauss was born on January 16, 1957 in Chicago, Illinois. His father was a longtime sports writer for the Chicago Tribune. Dave Jauss was the captain of his baseball & basketball team at Amherst College as a teammate of future Red Sox GM Dan Duquette.

He never played ball in the majors or minor leagues after college, instead earning degrees in psychology & Sports Management at the University of Massachusetts.

He then became a college baseball coach throughout the 1980’s until 1988 when his former teammate Duquette became Director of Player Development with the Montreal Expos. Jauss landed a job as manager in the Expo minor leagues, working for Jerry Manuel who was working as the Minor League field coordinator. He managed in the Rookie League, A & AA levels winning the 1994 Eastern League Manager of the Year.

He got to the big leagues in 1997 as first base coach with the Boston Red Sox. At the time Duquette was the GM & Grady Little was bench coach. Jauss would later serve as bench coach for Little in Los Angeles with the Dodgers in 2006 & 2007.

Jauss worked in the Red Sox organization for nine years in different capacities; bench coach, advance scout & director of Player Development.

After his stint with the Dodgers he served as bench coach under Dave Trembley with the Baltimore Orioles in 2008 & 2009. He left that position getting hired as Jerry Manuel’s bench coach for the 2010 Mets replacing Sandy Alomar.

Trivia: He managed winter ball in the Dominican Republic & won a Caribbean World Series in 1999. After bumping an umpire, chasing down an umpire & ordering a pitcher to bean a batter he has been banned from the Dominican League for two seasons.

He interviewed for the Mets 2011 manager job but lost out to Terry Collins. After that he worked as Mets Coordinator of Staff Developement.

In 2012 he was named a coach on Clint Hurdle's staff in Pittsburgh with the Pirates. There he has enjoyed two exciting seasons, getting to post season play with the '13 Pirates.

In 2014 his club was first in the NL in walks & third in batting (.259) hits (1436) HRs (156) & slugging (.404%).

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