Joe Pettini

Joe  Pettini Joe Pettini (Brooke High School, Class of 1973). Pettini is without question on the short list of the greatest prep baseball players in Ohio Valley annals. His high school diamond resume is overflowing with accomplishments which led to a sparkling collegiate career at Mercer University.

The multi-talented Pettini started every game during his Brooke High career, some 140 contests. He didn’t skip a beat at Mercer, starting all 196 games for the Macon, Georgia-based institution.

Pettini not only enjoyed individual success in his prep career, he also led the Bruins to a coveted state baseball championship. He was a two-time first-team all-West Virginia selection and was twice named captain of the all-Valley squad. He earned the distinction of being captain of both the all-Valley and all-OVAC teams as a senior.

After his brilliant Mercer career, Pettini was signed as a non-drafted free agent with the Montreal Expos in 1977. He was later traded to San Francisco, playing four seasons with the Giants. Pettini finished his professional baseball career by playing three years with the Class AAA Louisville Redbirds.

He then entered the coaching ranks, holding several different posts. His managerial career commenced with Hamilton, Ontario in 1989. He moved to St. Petersburg for the 1990 season and in Arkansas for three seasons. Pettini ended his minor league managerial career by guiding the Louisville Redbirds to the American Association championship.

Pettini gained a plum assignment in 2002 when St. Cardinals’ manager Tony LaRussa tabbed Pettini to be his bench coach, a position he still holds today. He attained the ultimate in 2006, gaining a World Series championship ring with the Cardinals.

Joe and his wife Barbara have two children, Michelle (25) and Joseph James (20). They reside in Bethany, W. Va.
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