Lee Elia, who has spent more than 50 years in professional baseball as a player, coach and manager, will serve his third season as Special Assistant to Player Development in 2014. In 2011, Elia's first season with the Braves organization, he served as a Special Assistant to General Manager Frank Wren 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 for the remainder of the 2008 season, a position he had previously held with Seattle from 1993 to 1997.
Elia owns four years of major league managerial experience as he piloted the Cubs from 1982 to 1983 and the Phillies from 1987 to 1988. In addition, he served as a coach for the Phillies, Yankees, Blue Jays, Devil Rays, and Orioles during his career.
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.
Elia, 76, and his wife Priscilla have two daughters, Tana and Ashley, and reside in Odessa, Fla.