At Toledo, the Mud Hens bring back their entire championship staff, including The Sporting News’s 2005 Minor League Manager of the Year Larry Parrish. Pitching coach Jeff Jones returns for his 12th run with the ‘Hens, while Leon “Bull” Durham also comes back for his sixth year. It will be Parrish’s fourth year at the helm for Toledo.
After signing a new three year lease with the city of Erie to keep the SeaWolves on the coast until 2008, the Tigers then decided to return the coaching staff to the team as well. Manager Duffy Dyer didn’t have the inaugural season he was hoping for in 2005, but will return to the club for his second campaign with the addition of a good portion of the Lakeland Tigers, who came up just short in their quest to win the Florida State League title, a year after the same group claimed the Midwest League crown in ’04. Pitching coach Mike Caldwell will be in his third year with the team, and hitting coach Pete Incaviglia also returns for his third season.
The Tigers have yet to officially announce their coaching staff for Lakeland in ’06, but a group that took the team to a game within of the FSL championship will certainly be welcomed back. Manager Mike Rojas took over the team last year after being promoted from short season A Oneonta. Pitching coach Britt Burns was in his second year with Lakeland in ’05, while Larry Herndon was the team’s hitting coach, a huge asset as a former major league hitting instructor. However, often times this long of a delay in an announcement can mean the Tigers are searching out a replacement for at least one of the three positions, so Lakeland could be in store for some change.
The team announced recently that the Whitecaps will also bring back their entire staff, including manager Matt Walbeck. The former Tiger backstop has received rave reviews for his first two seasons of work, and will return to the ‘Caps for his third year. Also returning are his coaches; hitting coach Tony Jaramillo and pitching coach A.J. Sager. Sager, a strong follower of the teaching’s of Bob Cluck, returns for his fifth year with the club, while Jaramillo will begin his third year.
The Tigers have yet to make an announcement on their staff in Oneonta, in part due to the retirement of pitching coach Bill Monboquette. “Bill Monboquette was a great asset to the organization, and we wish him well in his retirement,” said Tigers’ director of minor league operations Dan Lunetta, continuing, “we hope to have his replacement found and in place soon.” Manager Tom Brookens and Basilio Cabrera were the other two members of the ’05 O-Tigers staff.