Bill Hayes
Hayes as a first base coach of the San Francisco Giants in 2015
Born: (1957-10-24) October 24, 1957 (age 66)
Cheverly, Maryland, U.S.
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 30, 1980, for the Chicago Cubs
Last MLB appearance
September 3, 1981, for the Chicago Cubs
MLB statistics
Batting average.222
Home runs0
Runs batted in0
As player

As coach

Career highlights and awards

William Ernest Hayes (born October 24, 1957), nicknamed "Wild Bill",[1] is an American former catcher for the Chicago Cubs (1980–81). After his playing career he became a coach for the San Francisco Giants.

Early life

Born in Cheverly, Maryland, Hayes grew up in North Platte, Nebraska and graduated from St. Patrick High School.

College career

Hayes caught the eye of coach Bob Warn at Iowa Western Community College and was offered a scholarship at Indiana State when Warn took the head coaching position there in 1976.[2][3] Hayes played three seasons at Indiana State (1976–78).

In 1978, his junior season at Indiana State, Hayes was an all-conference player and led the team with 13 home runs. He batted .317 with 48 RBI (in 53 games) and threw out 18 of 21 runners attempting to steal.[2][4]

Professional career

Draft and minor leagues

Hayes was the Cubs' first-round draft selection and the 13th overall pick in 1978.[1]

Chicago Cubs (1980–1981)

In two years in the majors, he played in five games and had nine at-bats, two hits, one double, .222 batting average, .222 on-base percentage, .333 slugging percentage, and 3 total bases.

Coaching career

Hayes coached and managed in the minor leagues in 1988–97 and 1999–2002, with a one-year stint as bullpen coach for the Colorado Rockies in 1998.[1] In the minors, he managed the Geneva Cubs (1988–90), winning a Division Championship in 1990,[5] Peoria Chiefs (1991), Winston-Salem Spirits (1992), and Daytona Cubs (1993) in the Cubs organization. He then moved to the Rockies organization, managing the Central Valley Rockies (1994), Salem Avalanche (1995), New Haven Ravens (1996–97), and Colorado Springs Sky Sox (1999). In the Giants organization, he managed the Shreveport Captains (2000), Hagerstown Suns (2001), and San Jose Giants (2002).

Hayes served as the bullpen catcher for the San Francisco Giants from 2003 to 2014, winning three World Series Championships (2010, 2012, 2014). In December 2014, he was promoted to first base coach for the 2015 season.[6] He was removed as first base coach by the Giants after the 2016 season,[7] but remained on the staff in a non-coaching role.[8] After serving as the Giants' minor league catching coordinator in 2018, Hayes returned as manager of the San Jose Giants in 2019,[9] but resigned mid-season.[10]

Personal life

Hayes has two daughters, Kirstyn and Megan,[4] as well as a daughter, Savannah, born in 2016.[11]


  1. ^ a b c Rohan, Tim (October 25, 2014). "Baseball World Series: An Older, Wiser Achier Voice of Experience". The New York Times. No. 56, 662. Retrieved October 25, 2014.
  2. ^ a b Stewart, Ian A. (May 2013). "Spotlight: Bill Hayes" (PDF). Giants magazine. pp. 39–42.
  3. ^ the ESPN Baseball Encyclopedia. Sterling Publishing. 2003. p. 566. ISBN 1-4027-4771-3.
  4. ^ a b Gonzalez, Roberto (April 3, 1996). "The Next Step For Hayes". Hartford Courant.
  5. ^ "1990 New York-Pennsylvania League". Baseball-Reference. 2016. Retrieved June 23, 2016.
  6. ^ Haft, Chris (December 9, 2014). "Hayes named Giants' first-base coach; Kelly to third". Archived from the original on October 4, 2017. Retrieved March 9, 2015.
  7. ^ Schulman, Henry (October 13, 2016). "Giants remove coaches Roberto Kelly, Bill Hayes". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved October 20, 2016.
  8. ^ "San Francisco Giants Roster" (PDF). San Francisco Giants. September 5, 2017. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 4, 2017. Retrieved October 3, 2017.
  9. ^ Ritzo, Joe (January 23, 2019). "Bill Hayes Named 2019 San Jose Giants Manager". Inside the San Jose Giants.
  10. ^ Jensen, Merisa (July 15, 2019). "Cal notes: Hjelle stands tall in San Jose". Retrieved July 16, 2019.
  11. ^ Baggarly, Andrew (June 20, 2016). "UPDATED: Matt Duffy goes for an MRI in Pittsburgh". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved June 23, 2016.