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Cubs announce Minor League managers and staff12/18/2007 2:51 PM ET
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs today announced its minor league managers and coaching staffs for the 2008 season, which includes the return of Ryne Sandberg at Single-A Peoria and Pat Listach taking over managerial duties for the Triple-A Iowa Cubs.
Listach led Double-A Tennessee to a 73-65 mark and a postseason appearance in 2007. The 1992 American League Rookie of the Year with the Brewers has been with the Cubs since 2000, serving as Iowa's hitting coach from 2001-2005 and managing at the Double-A level in 2006-2007. Mike Mason joins the organization as Iowa's pitching coach, as the former Chicago Cub (1987) brings 17 years of coaching experience with the Royals and Phillies organization. Von Joshua returns as Iowa's hitting coach for the third straight season while Matt Johnson begins his first season as the club's athletic trainer and his seventh year in the Cubs organization.
At Tennessee, Buddy Bailey will manage the club after guiding Iowa to a 79-65 mark in 2007. Bailey, who has been with the Cubs since 2006, previously worked in Boston's organization (1991-2004) and Atlanta's organization (1982-1990). The former catcher managed at the Triple-A level with Pawtucket (1993-1996, 2002-2004) and served as Boston's big league bench coach in 2000. Bailey's staff will consist of pitching coach Dennis Lewallyn and hitting coach Barbaro Garbey, both of whom begin their second season with the Smokies. Nick Frangella enters his fourth season in the Cubs organization and his first as athletic trainer for Tennessee.
Former Cubs catcher Jody Davis will take the helm at Single-A Daytona for the second straight season, his third as a manager in the Cubs farm system. In 2006, he guided Single-A Peoria to the first-half Western Division championship with a 41-28 mark and the team finished with a 75-64 overall mark in Davis' managerial debut. Davis, who played with Chicago from 1981-1988, will be joined by Pitching Coach David Rosario, who handled the same duties for Peoria last season. Former major league outfielder Richie Zisk returns as the club's hitting coach for the third-straight season and his 19th in the organization while Bob Grimes enters his 23rd year in the system, his first as the team's athletic trainer after spending the past four seasons with Iowa.
Sandberg, inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2005, returns to manage Peoria after he guided the club to a 71-68 record in his managerial debut last year. He was a 10-time National League All-Star and a nine-time Rawlings Gold Glove Award winner at second base. Sandberg retired from the Cubs following the 1997 campaign after a 15-year major league career, amassing a .285 lifetime average with 282 homers and 1,061 RBI in 2,164 games. Rich Bombard returns as Peoria's pitching coach, a spot he held in 2006, after handling the same duties with Daytona last season. Former major league veteran Carmelo Martinez will be the hitting coach, beginning his 11th season as a coach or manager in the organization. Kelly Vanhove begins his first season as the team's athletic trainer.
Tom Beyers will manage Single-A Boise for the second consecutive season after handling hitting coach duties for Double-A West Tenn in 2006. A former outfielder, Beyers spent the 2004 season as Boise's manager and was named the Northwest League Manager of the Year after leading the Hawks to the league title. Assisting Beyers will be the team's pitching coach, Tom Pratt, a member of the organization since 1999. Ricardo Medina, a first baseman in the Cubs farm system from 1989-1994, will handle hitting coach duties in his 11th season as a scout or coach for the organization. Anthony Sanderson begins his first season as the club's athletic trainer.
Franklin Font, who played in the Cubs minor league system from 1996-2000, begins his first season as Rookie League Mesa's manager. Font was Boise's hitting coach in 2007 after managing Chicago's Dominican League team in 2005-2006. Rick Tronerud returns to handle pitching coach duties for the eighth straight season while a hitting coach for the club has yet to be named. Steve Melendez, in his 23rd season with Chicago, will be the club's athletic trainer after working with Daytona last season.
The Cubs will run two clubs in the Dominican Summer League. The first team will be managed Juan Cabreja in his fifth year with the organization while Leo Hernandez will be the team's pitching coach in his 13th year with the club. Ramon Caraballo will be the hitting coach for the fourth-straight season. Robert Jimenez is the team's athletic trainer.
The second Dominican team will be managed by Franklin Blanco, who begins his second season with the organization. Anderson Tavares will handle pitching coach duties for the second consecutive year and Hitting Coach Lucrecio Vals begins his seventh season as a coach in the Dominican. Julian Gonzalez will serve as the club's athletic trainer.
Here's a look at the Cubs minor league coaching staff:
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