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Carlos Tosca #18

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Full Name:
Carlos Tosca
Uniform #:
18

Carlos Tosca is in his fourth season on the Braves' coaching staff, his 16th campaign on a Major League staff, and his 41st season as a coach. He previously served as the bench coach for manager Fredi Gonzalez at the Florida Marlins from 2007 to 2010. This is Tosca's second stint in the Braves organization, after he served as the manager at Triple-A Richmond in 2001.

Tosca was part of the Arizona Diamondbacks' original coaching staff in 1998, serving as Buck Showalter's bench coach for three seasons. Tosca re-joined the Diamondbacks as third base coach under Bob Melvin in 2005-06.

After managing one year at Richmond, Tosca joined Buck Martinez's staff as the third base coach for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2002. Martinez was dismissed by the Jays on June 3 and Tosca made his managerial debut as the ninth manager in Blue Jays history, taking over the reigns 54 games into the season. He was the fifth native Cuban to manage in Major League Baseball and the sixth in history with no professional playing experience. Tosca won his managerial debut on June 3, 2002, a 6-1 triumph over Tampa Bay. He and his coaching staff were given two-year contract extensions on Sept. 3, 2002. His lone full year at the helm of the Jays was 2003, posting an 86-76 ledger, good for third in the American League East. He was 47-64 through 111 games in 2004 when he was dismissed, finishing his managerial experience north of the border a record of 191-191.

Prior to 1998, Tosca managed in the minor leagues for 17 seasons, amassing an overall record of 932-827 (.530). His clubs had 12 winning seasons during his 17-year minor league managerial career. After leaving the Diamondbacks following the 2000 season, Tosca was named manager of Richmond in the Braves organization, posting a 68-76 ledger. Prior to his first stint with Arizona he was at the helm of Charlotte (AAA) in 1997, putting the Knights in the International League's Governors Cup Playoffs for the first time since 1994. His 1996 Portland (AA) club went 83-58, earning him Eastern League Manager of the Year honors, while also being tabbed by Baseball America as their choice for overall Minor League Manager of the Year. It was the second consecutive division title for the Sea Dogs and the sixth overall first place finish that Tosca had guided during his managerial career. He was named the Carl Barger Player Development Person of the Year in 1995. His first managerial duty was with Gulf Coast League Bradenton (R) in 1980.

After earning a degree in Physical Education from the University of South Florida, Tosca began his coaching career as pitching coach at King High School in 1976. His first professional stint was with Oneonta in 1978.

Tosca has three children: Jessica, Lauren and Matthew. He and his wife Theresa reside in Roswell, Ga.

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