Lee Elia, who has spent more than 50 years in professional baseball as a player, coach, manager and front office member, takes on a new role in 2015 as a Senior Advisor to Player Development. Elia has been a member of the Braves organization since 2011, most recently serving as a Special Assistant to Player Development for the previous three seasons, from 2012 to 2014. Elia's first season with the organization came in 2011, when he served as a special Assistant to the general manager and as a Major and Minor league instructor.
Prior to joining the Braves, Elia was a special assistant to the general manager for the Los Angeles Dodgers for two seasons (2009-10). Previous to his stint with the Dodgers, Elia was a member of the Seattle Mariners organization, working as a special assistant to the manager before taking over as the Club's hitting coach in June 2008. Two weeks later, he was promoted to bench coach and served in a dual role (bench coach and hitting coach) for the remainder of the 2008 season. From 1993 to 1997, Elia also served in a dual role as Seattle's hitting coach and bench coach.
Elia owns four years of Major League managerial experience (238-300, .442) as he piloted the Cubs from 1982 to 1983 and the Phillies from 1987 to 1988. In addition, Elia also served as a coach for the Phillies, Yankees, Blue Jays, Devil Rays and Orioles during his career. During the 1980 season, Elia was the third base coach for the World Series Champion Philadelphia Phillies.
Elia also managed eight seasons in the Minor Leagues, all with Philadelphia, leading his teams to an overall record of 581-519 (.528). During his tenure as a Minor League manager, Elia was honored several times with Manager of the Year awards, including the International League in 1992, the Florida State League in 1991, the Eastern League in 1978 and the Western Carolina League in 1975.
A former infielder, Elia played for the Chicago While Sox and Chicago Cubs in 1966 and 1968, respectively. The Philadelphia native attended the University of Delaware and was signed by his hometown Phillies in 1958 as an amateur free agent. He made his Major League debut on April 23, 1966 and played all but two of his 77 big-league games at shortstop. He was inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 2000 and the Florida State League Hall of Fame in 2014.
Lee, 77, and his wife Priscilla have two daughters, Tana and Ashley, and reside in Odessa, Fla.