Nick Leyva has moved across the diamond in 2015 to the First Base coaching box after working four seasons as Manager Clint Hurdle's Third Base Coach. In addition to his role as the First Base Coach, Leyva will once again serve as the club's Infield Coach.
The 2015 season marks Leyva's 39th in professional baseball and his 21st at the Major League level. He spent the 2010 season as the Bench Coach for the Toronto Blue Jays - under Manager Cito Gaston - after working the previous two seasons as Toronto's Third Base Coach.
An infielder during his playing days, Leyva was selected by St. Louis in the 24th round of the 1975 First-Year Player Draft and began his professional career with Class-A Sarasota that summer. After a three-year playing career, which concluded with a stint at Double-A Arkansas in 1977, Leyva began his managerial/coaching career as a manager in the St. Louis farm system with Johnson City in 1977.
In his first six seasons managing in the minor leagues (1978-1983), Leyva posted 350-340 (.507) record and was named the Texas League Manager-ofthe-Year in 1983 after guiding Arkansas to a 69-67 record and second-half division title.
Nick served the Cardinals as their First Base Coach at the big league level for two years (1984-85) before moving across the diamond to the third base coaching box for three years. In addition, he managed in the Puerto Rican Winter League for three years, winning the Championship and being named Manager-of-the-Year with Mayaguez in 1986.
After his five seasons as a coach with the Cardinals, the Philadelphia Phillies named Leyva their Manager on October 3, 1988. At 37 years of age at the time, he was the youngest skipper of the Phillies since 1960 (Gene Mauch - 34). Leyva guided the Phillies to a 77-85 record in his second year at the helm, showing a 10-game improvement from his rookie campaign. Philadelphia, however, let Leyva go on April 24, 1991, after he got off to a 4-9 start that season.
Leyva joined the Toronto organization for the first time in 1992 when he was hired to manage Triple-A Syracuse, a position he held for two seasons before serving the Blue Jays as their Third Base Coach from 1994-97. In that time, he also managed Lara in the Venezuelan Winter League in 1995 and 1996.
After working two years in private business, Nick spent seven seasons in the Chicago White Sox organization. He was a manager at the Triple-A level with Charlotte for two seasons prior to being named the Appalachian League Manager-of-the-Year in 2002 after guiding his Bristol club to a 43-25 record and a league title. He also won a Puerto Rican League championship with Mayaguez in 2002, one year after leading Lara to the Venezuelan Winter League championship.
For two years (2003-04), Leyva served the White Sox as their Minor League Infield Instructor before returning to the managerial post with Charlotte in 2005 and Bristol in 2006.
Leyva spent the 2007 season as the Third Base Coach with the Milwaukee Brewers. His last stint as a manager came in 2008 when he spent the first three months in the Mets farm system with Kingsport in the Appalachian League. He guided the K-Mets to a 1-2 record before being named Toronto's Third Base Coach on June 20 that season.
In his 14 seasons as a minor league manager, Leyva posted a 714-777 (.479) record. He also captured three Winter League Championships while managing in Puerto Rico and Venezuela for seven seasons.
PERSONAL: Nicholas Tomas Leyva ("LAY-vah")...Wife's name is Chelé... Has one son; Casey (10/22/83)...Is a 1971 graduate of Chaffey High School in Ontario, CA...Received degrees in Diversified Major and Spanish from LaVerne (CA) College in 1975...Also played baseball at LaVerne College and was a 1975 NAIA All-American...Is a member of the Sports Hall-of-Fame at LaVerne College.