View Full Version : Kudos to Lenn Sakata-GU '73-'74

09-18-2007, 03:10 PM
After an 11 year career in the majors, Lenn Sakata just wrapped up his fifth season managing the San Jose Giants of the class A California League with the team's second title in the last three years. The club came back from an 0-2 deficite against Lake Elsinore to win 3 straight and the Championship. Lenn has taken the team to the playoffs in all five of the years he's managed San Jose. Here's what the series MVP had to say about his skipper: "All the credit goes to our manager. He's my favorite manager. There's no one I want to play for more than him. He doesn't put any pressure on you...I absolutely love playing for Lenn Sakata."

Hopefully, some major league GMs are taking note. Congratulations Lenn!

09-18-2007, 04:32 PM
Thanks for the update, upan. I too hope Lenn makes it BACK to the bigs.

09-19-2007, 11:41 AM
Thanks for the update, upan. I too hope Lenn makes it BACK to the bigs.

Lenn's a good guy. Had a lot of fun talkin' baseball and playing tabletop basegall games (strat-o-matic, etc) when we lived in Robinson House (soph year).

Yes, video games had not been invented yet.

Zags had excellent baseball teams in that era.

09-19-2007, 04:09 PM
Len Sakata= answer

Angelo Roncalli
09-19-2007, 05:49 PM
Len Sakata= answer

Who was the player that Cal Ripken replaced at shortstop--thus beginning "the streak?"

09-20-2007, 06:44 AM

I really thought maybe you restrain yourself Angelo, and leave this for someone else. It was waaaaay tooooo easy for you.


Angelo Roncalli
09-20-2007, 07:55 AM
My freshman years was Lenn's last year at GU. He was a demon in the weight room. People used to stand in awe at his ability to bench press; it was amazing how much weight a guy that small (relatively) could lift.

09-21-2007, 04:52 AM
With no apologies, your holiness, for you that was like catching a 6" "stocker" on a red and white Daredevil.


09-21-2007, 08:53 AM
I grew up in San Jose and spent a considerable chunk of my summers at old Municipal Stadium watching the Giants. Lenny is very well respected and has been in SJ for quite awhile. Very classy, and always a winner - interestingly enough a couple years ago I asked him if he had been back to Gonzaga and he said "I haven't been back there in years!"

Very happy to see the baby Giants win another title!