TEXAS: Will be in his second season as Rangers hitting coach after being hired on Nov. 5, 2015…this is also his second year on a major league coaching staff…in his first season in 2016, Rangers had A.L.'s 3rd-highest batting average (.262) and 4th-most runs (765)…team's .277 average with runners in scoring position ranked 2nd in the A.L. and 3rd in MLB…batters homered at least once in a club-record 128 games, T5th-most in a season by any club in baseball history… pronounced "eye-uh-poh-SEE".
COACHING HISTORY: Has spent the last three seasons (2013-15) as the Chicago Cubs' Special Assistant to the General Manager/Player Development, overseeing that club's minor league hitting program while contributing to additional projects for the organization…also spent three seasons as Toronto's roving hitting coordinator from 2010-12 after beginning his coaching career in the Marlins system from 2006-09…while with the Marlins, served as hitting coach at Class A Advanced Jupiter (2008-09), Class A Greensboro (2007), and Class A Short Season Jamestown (2006).
PLAYING HISTORY: The former outfielder played 11 minor league seasons in the Brewers and Marlins systems, as well as for the Gary SouthShore RailCats in the independent Northern League, from 1994-2005… selected by Milwaukee in the 33rd round of the 1994 draft…reached the Triple-A level four times and was a career .273 hitter with a .342 on-base percentage in 845 professional games.
PERSONAL: Anthony Joseph Iapoce…he and wife Suzanne have two daughters, Lily (9/12/12) and Abby (10/12/15)…graduated from McClancy High School in his native Queens, NY, in 1991…played collegiately at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas.