Rob Picciolo

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Rob Picciolo
Born: (1953-02-04)February 4, 1953
Santa Monica, California
Died: January 3, 2018(2018-01-03) (aged 64)
Los Angeles, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 9, 1977, for the Oakland Athletics
Last MLB appearance
October 6, 1985, for the Oakland Athletics
MLB statistics
Batting average .234
Home runs 17
Runs batted in 109

As Player

As Coach

Robert Michael Picciolo (February 4, 1953 – January 3, 2018) was a Major League Baseball player and coach.

Playing career[edit]

Picciolo played nine seasons in the major leagues, from 1977-85, for the Oakland Athletics, Milwaukee Brewers, and California Angels, where he was primarily a shortstop, although he also played at third base and second base.[citation needed]

In 1,628 major league at bats, he walked only 25 times. Picciolo spent 20 years in the San Diego Padres organization after a nine-year big league career carried him from the Athletics to the Brewers to the Angels.[citation needed]

Post-playing career[edit]

He was a minor league manager with the Class-A Short Season Spokane Indians in the Northwest League in 1986 and 1987, winning the League and Division titles in his second season there, then was a roving infield instructor the following two years before being promoted to the Padres big league coaching staff midway through the 1990 season.

There, he served under Padres managers Greg Riddoch, Jim Riggleman and Bruce Bochy as a first base coach (mid-1990-92), a bench coach (1993-2002) and third base coach (2003-05).

Picciolo was the longest-tenured coach in San Diego Padres history, serving 16 consecutive years between 1990 and 2005.

From 2006 to 2010, he served as the Angels' roving infield instructor.[1] He was then named the Angels' bench coach for manager Mike Scioscia on November 10, 2010.[1]

He was fired by the Angels on October 8, 2013.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Picciolo graduated from Westchester High School in 1971 and earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from Pepperdine University. Picciolo died on January 3, 2018, aged 64, from undisclosed causes.[3]

He was survived by his wife Debbie and two sons, Breton and Dustin, who both attended Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. Breton was a former staffer in the Padres communications department.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b Rob Picciolo promoted to bench coach
  2. ^ Angels fire bench coach Rob Picciolo, hitting coach Jim Eppard
  3. ^ Sanders, Jeff (January 4, 2018). "Longtime Padres coach Picciolo dies; 'just loved the game of baseball'". San Diego Union Tribune. San Diego Union Tribune. Retrieved January 8, 2018. 

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Preceded by
Ron Roenicke
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Bench Coach
Succeeded by
Dino Ebel