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Joseph Vavra #52

PERSONAL: Joseph Alan Vavra (pronounced VAW-vra)...wife, Lesa (Heise), sons, Tanner (7/6/89), Treysen (9/17/91) and Terrin (5/12/97)...1978 graduate of Chippewa Falls (WI) Senior High School...named captain and MVP in baseball during senior season...1985 graduate of University of Wisconsin-Stout with a degree in Industrial Technology with a concentration in Plant Engineering...son Tanner was drafted by the Twins in the 30th round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft out of Valparaiso University - spent 2016 as infielder with St. Paul Saints of the American Association...son Trey drafted by Twins in 33rd round of 2014 First-Year Player Draft out of Florida Southern College - spent 2016 with Single-A Ft. Myers...son Terrin plays baseball at University of Minnesota - 2017 marks sophomore year...participates annually in Twins winter Caravan.

COACHING CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Named Twins bench coach November 25, 2014...named Manager for Melbourne Aces for 2015-16 in the Australian Baseball League...2001 head coach at University of Wisconsin-Stout before becoming interim Director of Player Development for Los Angeles-NL...named Northwest League Manager of the Year in 1994 and 1996 with Single-A Yakima...led Yakima to Northern Division title in 1994 and Northwest League Championship in 1996...managed Rookie-Level Great Falls Dodgers to consecutive league championships in 1989-90.

PLAYING CAREER: Played five seasons in the Dodgers organization from 1982-86...hit .307 (92-for-300) in 96 games for Double-A San Antonio in 1984 and .312 (131-for-420) in 110 games with Lodi in 1983.

PROFESSIONAL: Selected by Los Angeles-NL in the eighth round of the 1982 First-Year Player Draft; signed by scout Dale McReynolds.