Chollas Lake Little League: Bio: Reggie & Tye Waller

Reggie Waller

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Reginald J. Waller

 Biographical information

Reggie Waller is a former minor league baseball player, manager, scout and baseball executive.

Waller was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 19th round of the 1975 amateur draft out of San Diego City College. He began his professional career that season, hitting .316 in 68 games with the Billings Mustangs. In 1976, he played for the Tampa Tarpons, hitting .244 in 112 games. With the Tarpons again in 1977, his batting average worsened, as he hit only .233 in 127 games for them that year. In 1978, he played for the Shelby Reds, hitting .260 with 13 home runs in 128 games.

Waller wound up in the Houston Astros organization in 1979, splitting the season between the Daytona Beach Astros and Columbus Astros. He hit a combined .292 in 125 games that year. He played his final minor league season in 1980, hitting .250 in 120 games for the Columbus Astros.

Overall, Waller hit .262 in 680 minor league games, over the course of a six-year career.

Waller managed the Auburn Astros in 1989, leading them to a 35-42 record. Future major leaguers Kenny Lofton, Todd Jones, Shane Reynolds, Mark Small and Donne Wall played for him that season.

He also scouted for the Houston Astros and New York Yankees. In 1991, he was as special assistant to the general manager of the Seattle Mariners. He served as the scouting director for the San Diego Padres in 1992 and 1993, and in 1994 he was an assistant general manager for the Padres.

He was the first minority executive in San Diego Padres history.

His brother, Ty Waller, played in the major leagues. Another brother, Kevin Waller, played in the minor leagues. His sons, Gerric Waller (also spelled "Garrick") and Derric Waller, played in the minor leagues as well.

Tye Waller

Elliott Tyrone Waller

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Ty Waller, whose middle name is "Tyrone", played four seasons in the majors. The name "Ty" didn't help him as some fans thought he was being touted as the next Ty Cobb.

His best year was 1981, when the 1981 Chicago Cubs were a laughingstock (literally, as Johnny Carson was making jokes about them) going 38-65. Waller was seen as a great new prospect, slugging .451 on a team that slugged only .340. He hit .268 on a team that hit .236.

His first name is sometimes spelled "Tye".

Waller went to Hoover High School and San Diego City College. Of his four children, three are triplets.

He played eleven years in pro ball, from 1977-87. He began minor league coaching in 1988 and spent 19 years in the Padres organization before coming to the A's.

He was the San Diego Padres bullpen coach from 1995 to 2005 and was the Padres first base coach in 2006. After the '06 season, he became first base coach for the Oakland Athletics.

He and Red Waller are the only major leaguers (through 2008) with the last name "Waller".

His brothers, Reggie Waller and Kevin Waller, played in the minor leagues. His nephews, Gerric Waller (also spelled "Garrick") and Derric Waller, played in the minor leagues as well.