Saluki Baseball has many ties to World Series

    Giants strength and conditioning coordinator and former SIU outfielder Carl Kochan

    Giants strength and conditioning coordinator and former SIU outfielder Carl Kochan
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    Oct. 24, 2012

    As the San Francisco Giants head to their second World Series in the last three years, they feature four members of their staff with ties to Saluki Baseball.

    Giants Major League strength and conditioning coordinator Carl Kochan was an outfielder in 1997 and 1998 for the Salukis and earned a degree in exercise science at SIU. He has been with the Giants organization since 2009 and was promoted to his current position following the 2011 season.

    The NL champs also have a Saluki in the bullpen with Taira Uematsu. A former student athletic trainer at SIU, Uematsu is the bullpen catcher for the Giants and also throws batting practice. He graduated from Southern in 2007.

    The Giants’ long-time play-by-play announcer, Duane Kuiper, is also a Saluki Baseball alumnus. He was a first round pick by the Cleveland Indians in 1972 and enjoyed a 12-year Major League career as a second baseman. He is a five-time Emmy Award winner.

    In addition, the Giants’ west coast cross checker, Joe Strain, is the father of current SIU assistant coach Ryan Strain. Joe Strain spent five years playing in the Giants’ system. He played three seasons in the majors, two seasons in San Francisco and one with the Cubs. 

    “It’s always enjoyable to follow the success of members of the Saluki family,” SIU Head Coach Ken Henderson said.  “All of these gentlemen have risen to the top of their respective professions, and it is great that they get to be a part of such a monumental event as the World Series. We are extremely proud of them and wish them nothing but the best as they try to win a World Series ring.”