Former National League Manager of the Year Hal Lanier returns to the Can-Am League as the first manager of the Ottawa Champions.
Most recently, Lanier was the skipper of the independent Frontier League's Normal Cornbelters from 2010 to 2011. The native of Denton, N.C., had previously managed the Can-Am League's Sussex Skyhawks from 2008 to 2009, leading the club to the league championship in 2008, and the Northern League's Joliet Jackhammers in 2006 and 2007.
From 1996 to 2005, Lanier managed the Northern League's Winnipeg Goldeyes, where he assembled a 523-361 (.591) overall record and reached the playoffs eight times in ten seasons.
Lanier spent the 1990 and 1991 seasons in the big leagues as the bench coach with the Philadelphia Phillies. From 1986 to 1988, he managed the Houston Astros, guiding the team to a 96-66 record and the division championship in 1986, earning NL Manager of the Year honors. Prior to Houston, Lanier served as the third-base coach for the St. Louis Cardinals for five seasons, including for their 1982 World Series and 1985 National League championship squads. He had managed in the Cardinals' minor-league system from 1976 to 1980.
As a player, Lanier spent ten seasons in the big leagues, eight with the San Francisco Giants and two with the New York Yankees. As a rookie for the Giants in 1964, he batted .274 and was named to the Topps All-Star Rookie team. In his fifth season with San Francisco, Lanier led all National League shortstops in putouts (282) and fielding average (.979).