Dascenzo shares enthusiasm

Doug Dascenzo, formerly the Padres Outfield/Baserunning Instructor, will skipper the Emeralds, his first stab as a manager.

Dascenzo has spent eight years with the Padres, coming off his roving instructor position.

A seven-year Major League veteran, Dascenzo played in 540 games with the Chicago Cubs (1988-92), Rangers (1993) and Padres (1996) compiling a .234 batting average with five home runs, 90 runs batted in as well as 49 stolen bases during his tenure.

Dascenzo began his major league career by playing a then-National League record 241 consecutive games without making an error.

Dascenzo is anxious to get his managerial career started.

"I am excited. I can't wait to get going. I've always liked Eugene when I visited. The ballpark and the fans make it a great place." Dascenzo continued, "I am also looking forward to working with the new kids in their first year in professional baseball. Taking their enthusiasm and transferring that to the field should make for a fun season."

Emeralds President Bob Beban echoes the statements made by Dascenzo. "I am excited about having Dougie as our manager. He will bring enthusiasm and excitement back to Eugene, something that has been missing for a few years.

"Just seeing Doug work, you can see not only his work ethic, but that of the players he is working with and the respect they have for him."

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