STOCKTON, Calif. (The Record) — Webster Garrison, a former Major League player and two-time manager of the Stockton Ports, tested positive for COVID-19 and has been hospitalized.
Garrison, 54, is on ventilators and has been hospitalized in Louisiana with COVID-19, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
Garrison’s fianceé, Nikki Trudeaux, posted on Facebook on Friday about the couple’s positive coronavirus diagnoses.
“I know we all are so overwhelmed with emotions right now. I am physically suffering from this virus as well,” the post reads. “I am blessed to be able to cry out to God and ask for healing of my body and lungs unlike so many others. This man, my fiancé, Webster Garrison, the love of my life, is on a ventilator in the hospital, fighting for his life, and I can’t even be at his side!”
The Oakland Athletics, Garrison’ employer, also released a statement.
“We want to extend our sincerest thoughts and prayers to our colleague for a speedy recovery,” the A’s statement reads. “We are committed to providing him and his family with support and care. Every person on our team plays a critical role to our success and we look forward to his return to the field when he is healthy.”
Garrison, known around the A’s organization as “Webby,” has taken on various coaching and managing positions within the A’s organization for 22 years, including his two stints in Stockton.
He managed the Ports for three seasons (2011-2013) and returned to lead the team again in 2019. In his four seasons in Stockton, he had a 260-298 record. He was set to coach one of the A’s Arizona Fall League teams for the 2020 season.
“I know he’s a strong guy. He’s a very special guy,” said Zack Bayrouty, the former Ports broadcaster who is currently with the Reno Aces of the Pacific Coast League. “He’s an eternal optimist, and we’re all of his boundless energy gets him through this.”
Garrison, drafted in 1983 by the Toronto Blue Jays, played five career big league games for the Oakland A’s in 1996.
Upon hearing about Garrison’s illness, members of the A’s organization showed their support.
“Webby is an amazing person and an even better coach, he has taught me so much over the past four years of being in pro ball, it doesn’t seem real,” A’s minor league outfielder Austin Beck said in a message. “I, along with I’m sure everyone else that he’s coached, am praying for him.”
“Please send up a prayer for my guy Webbie,” A’s minor league outfielder Greg Deichmann said in a Tweet. “One of the nicest, funniest, most selfless guys I know. He always has a smile on his face and just wants to be around the field. This one really hits home, my man’s a fighter though!!!”