World Series ring to Keizer

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes During his stints as a player in baseball’s big leagues, Steve Decker never got the chance to play in the post-season. But his meteoric career as a coach took a major leap forward when he was called up to coach for the San Francisco Giants during their post-season schedule and eventual triumph as World Series champs over the Texas Rangers. “At the end of the day, I don’t think it will really hit until I put that ring on and I’ll have that the rest of my life,” said Decker, a former coach of the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes and a Keizer resident. Decker likely won’t receive the ring until spring training next year, but the experience of coaching on the biggest stage in a premier sport is one he won’t soon forget. “It was incredible to see how they handle major league players, how they go about the business of handling the preparation for the games and the communication between coaches,” Decker said. “Watching how they controlled their environment, and the way Bruce Bochy kept an even keel whether they won or lost was a real lesson.” Unlike his tenure as a minor league coach where he is involved in every aspect of the organization, the major leagues dole out responsibilities that allow for a level of relaxation he wasn’t accustomed to. “During...

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