Joe Davidson

Hometown Report: Weinstein to be inducted in area Hall of Fame

Published: Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 3C
Last Modified: Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 - 5:01 pm

Jerry Weinstein is out of season in body, but never in mind.

His brain this week is full of baseball concepts and scenarios in the form of computer graphics and periodicals. His home office in San Luis Obispo is a baseball shrine. Makes sense. Weinstein is baseball.

Weinstein, the accomplished former Sacramento City College coach who now works with the Colorado Rockies, took a moment Friday to collect himself. He hit a nearby beach to work up a sweat and plot new ideas. For Weinstein, that's some move.

"For me, balance has been the one thing I'm the worst in," Weinstein said. "My mind is 24-hours baseball, thinking and working the game. Being able to go to the beach, come home, work, then work out … at least it breaks up my day."

This comes as no surprise to those who know Weinstein. He'd sleep with a catcher's mitt under his pillow if his wife, Andrea, didn't offer such raised eyebrows.

"A small cylinder of things interest me," Weinstein said. "Some players are big-game hunters or they fish, and that's their hobby. Not mine. I tell them, 'Know where I do my hunting and fishing? Albertson's, big boy. And I get something every single time I go.' "

Weinstein returns to Sacramento next Saturday to be inducted into the 19th class of the La Salle Club Sacramento-area Coaches and Officials Hall of Fame at Christian Brothers High School. The social hour begins at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m.

Of the eight inductees, Weinstein is the only one still coaching.

"We understand that Jerry will never stop coaching, so we're inducting him anyway," said Bernie Church, a La Salle Hall of Fame member who helps coordinate the event.

Weinstein, who will turn 70 on Nov. 9, has no visions of quitting baseball. He has been involved with the game since 1962 as a player at UCLA. As head coach, he won 831 games at Sac City, where he helped develop 27 eventual major-league players, including Fernando Viña, Jeff Blauser, Greg Vaughn and Chris Bosio.

Weinstein coached in the Olympics and Pan American Games, and at the University of Miami and Cal Poly. He has had various professional stints, from roving hitting instructor with the Brewers, to director of player development with the Dodgers, to manager in the New York Penn League and with the Modesto Nuts. This past season, Weinstein was the catching coach for the Rockies.

"I've asked the Rockies to let me get back to minor-league teaching," Weinstein said. "I'll be an offensive coordinator type, something out of the box, with a concept to expand our offenses relative to run scoring. I'm putting together a program for that now. I love teaching the game. I like helping people achieve their goals and dreams."

Weinstein says he's humbled by the La Salle tribute and looks forward to returning to a city he still holds dear. He's eager to run into old Sac City friends who helped make his career a success, such as Dick Pierucci, who, as athletic director, hired him; retired football coach Jerry Sullivan; longtime trainer Dave Whittington; longtime softball coach Tim Kiernan and wrestling coach Dave Pacheco.

Weinstein credits Andrea for being understanding and patient through the years.

"Forty-seven years married in December," Weinstein said. "She's the best. The last two years in the big leagues, she was in Denver with me. She'd go on road trips frequently. She's always kept me grounded. I couldn't have done any of this without her. I feel very blessed."

Other La Salle inductees:

Bill Barker – Del Oro boys basketball coach in five NorCal appearances.

Don Boyce – Coached the 1983 Grant girls basketball team to a 36-1 record.

Bob Christiansen – Coached Del Oro football to four Sac-Joaquin Section titles.

Dan Hooper – Longtime prep, college referee.

Mike Inchausti – Baseball coach at Burbank and Sacramento High.

Dan Risley – Coached Elk Grove to national basketball prominence in '70s.

Vera Vaccaro – Championship softball coach at Mira Loma in the '80s.

For ticket information: www.cbhs-sacramento.org (click on "Alumni," then "Upcoming Events") or contact Jean Lahey at (916) 457-5268.

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