Alonzo Powell begins his first season as the Giants' hitting coach having worked the previous two seasons as the assistant hitting coach for the 2017 World Series champion Houston Astros. Powell, who was born in San Francisco, has been on a Major League staff every season dating back to 2012 and the 2018 season marks his 36th in professional baseball, having coached for 17 years (2002-18) following a 19-year playing career (1983-2001). He's spent a total of eight seasons (2010, 2012-18) on a Major League coaching staff and saw big league action in two seasons as a player (1987, 1991).
In his brief stint with Houston, the 53-yearold Powell helped the Astros to be one of the top offensive teams in the big leagues. In 2017, the Astros led the Majors in runs scored (896), hits (1,581), doubles (346), batting average (.282), on-base pct. (.346), slugging pct. (.478) and OPS (.823) while striking out fewer than any club (1,087). Per Elias, the Astros became the seventh team in MLB history to post the highest slugging percentage and the fewest strikeouts in a single season, with only two teams doing so since 1911: the 1948 Yankees and the 1995 Indians.
Prior to joining Houston, Powell served in the same role for the Padres from 2012-15.
Immediately following his playing career, Powell began coaching in the Reds minor league system in 2002, serving as Double A Chattanooga's hitting coach for two seasons (2002-03). He would then manage Class A Dayton for two years (2004-05) and was the hitting coach for Dayton in 2006. Powell moved on to the Mariners organization in 2007, and spent five seasons (2007-11) in various roles. He was hired as the club's minor league hitting coordinator in 2007 and spent parts of his next four seasons (2008-11) as the hitting coach at triple A Tacoma. In May of 2010, Powell was named the interim hitting coach for the Mariners. Following the 2011 season, Powell was hired by the Padres as their assistant hitting coach.
His coaching career followed a 19-year playing career that took him through seven Major League organizations and on to great success in Nippon Professional Baseball in Japan. He spent seven seasons in Japan becoming the first American player to win three consecutive batting championships (1994-96). He also made five All-Star teams and received two Gold Gloves in Japan.
Powell and his wife, Jana reside in Peoria, Arizona and have two sons, Cameron and Dalton, two daughters, Courtney and Brooklyn, and four grandchildren, Madison, Mckenzie, Alaya and Liberty.