12/17/2009 4:09 PM ET
Cubs announce 2010 Minor League managers and staff
CHICAGO - The Chicago Cubs today announced its minor league managers and coaching staffs for the 2010 season, which includes Ryne Sandberg taking over as manager at Triple-A Iowa, Bill Dancy joining the Cubs organization to manage Double-A Tennessee and Jody Davis assuming managerial duties for Single-A Boise.
Here's a look at the Cubs minor league coaching staffs. Managers/staff returning to the organization but assigned to new positions next year are listed below in bold, while managers/staff new to the organization are listed below in bold italics. More information on the returning members of the Cubs organization can be found on pages 211-227 of the Chicago Cubs 2009 Media Guide.
AFFILIATE MANAGER PITCHING COACH HITTING COACH ATHLETIC TRAINER
Iowa (AAA) Ryne Sandberg Mike Mason Von Joshua Matt Johnson
Tennessee (AA) Bill Dancy Dennis Lewallyn Tom Beyers Nick Frangella
Daytona (A) Buddy Bailey Tom Pratt Richie Zisk Bob Grimes
Peoria (A) Casey Kopitzke David Rosario Barbaro Garbey Dan Golden
Boise (Short A) Jody Davis Jeff Fassero Ricardo Medina Aaron Larsen
Mesa (Rookie) Juan Cabreja Rick Tronerud Desi Wilson Steve Melendez
Dominican-1 (Rookie) Manuel Callado Leo Hernandez Alberto Garcia Robert Jimenez
Dominican-2 (Rookie) TBA Anderson Tavares Leo Perez Amaury Gonzalez
Sandberg, inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2005, will manage the Iowa Cubs after guiding Double-A Tennessee to the Southern League Championship Series in 2009. In his first three managerial seasons between Tennessee (2009) and Single-A Peoria (2007-08), he has compiled a 202-215-1 record and a 4-4 mark in the postseason. Mike Mason will serve a third term as Iowa's pitching coach. Von Joshua returns as Iowa's hitting coach for the fifth-straight season while Matt Johnson begins his third season as the club's athletic trainer and his ninth year in the Cubs chain.
Dancy, who joins the Cubs after spending the past 30 years within the Philadelphia Phillies (1978-2009) and Kansas City Royals (2009) organizations, will manage Double-A Tennessee. He was signed by the Phillies as an amateur free agent in 1973. After retiring in 1978, Dancy managed, coached and served as the club's minor league field coordinator through 2008. In 2005-06, he served as the Phillies' major league third base coach. Dancy's staff includes a pair of veterans with more than three decades of experience in the game apiece: pitching coach Dennis Lewallyn and hitting coach Tom Beyers, who are in their fourth and second season with the Smokies, respectively. Nick Frangella enters his sixth season in the Cubs organization and his second as athletic trainer for Tennessee.
At Daytona, Buddy Bailey will again manage the club after guiding the Cubs to a 64-71 mark in 2009. Bailey, who has been a minor league manager for 20 years and with the Cubs since 2006, previously worked in Boston's (1991-2004) and Atlanta's (1982-1990) organization. The former catcher managed at the Triple-A level with Pawtucket (1993-96, 2002-04) and served as Boston's big league bench coach in 2000. Bailey will be joined by pitching coach Tom Pratt, who enters his second season with Daytona. Former major league outfielder Richie Zisk returns as the club's hitting coach for the fifth-straight season and his 21st in the organization while Bob Grimes enters his 25th year in the system, his third as the team's athletic trainer after spending the previous four seasons with Iowa.
Casey Kopitzke will take the helm at Single-A Peoria after handling the same duties for Boise in 2009. He spent two seasons as the Cubs minor league catching coordinator before moving to the Hawks last season. Kopitzke was selected by the Cubs in the 27th round of the 1999 draft and spent his eight-year pro career in the Cubs organization. Assisting Kopitzke will be the team's pitching coach, David Rosario, who handled the same duties for Boise last year. Barbaro Garbey will be the hitting coach for the second-straight year. Dan Golden, the trainer for the Hawks last season, begins his first season as Peoria's athletic trainer.
After a brief one-year stint as the Cubs minor league catching coordinator in 2009, Davis will manage Boise in 2010. Davis, who played for Chicago from 1981-1988, batted .245 with 164 doubles, 127 homers and 490 RBI in 1,082 career games for the Cubs and Atlanta (1988-1990). The former catcher managed the Peoria Chiefs (2006) and the Daytona Cubs (2007-08) as well as the Calgary Outlaws of the Canadian Baseball League. Former major-leaguer Jeff Fassero takes over as the Hawks' pitching coach. In his 16-year career, Fassero went 121-124 with a 4.11 ERA between Montreal (1991-96), Seattle (1997-99), Texas (1999), Boston (2000), the Cubs (2001-02), St. Louis (2002-03), Colorado (2004), Arizona (2004) and San Francisco (2005-06). Ricardo Medina, who previously coached with the Dominican Summer League, will serve as Boise's hitting coach. Aaron Larsen begins his first season as Boise's athletic trainer.
Juan Cabreja, who is in his seventh year with the organization, begins his second season as Rookie League Mesa's manager. Rick Tronerud returns to handle pitching coach duties for the 10th-straight season while Desi Wilson joins the staff as the hitting coach after handling the duty for Peoria last year. Steve Melendez, in his 25th season with the organization, returns as the club's athletic trainer for the third season.
The Cubs will run two clubs in the Dominican Summer League. The first team will be managed by Manuel Callado while Leo Hernandez will be the team's pitching coach in his 15th year with the club. Alberto Garcia will be the hitting coach for the first time. Robert Jimenez is the team's athletic trainer.
The second Dominican team has yet to have a manager assigned to the squad. Anderson Tavares will handle pitching coach duties for the fourth-consecutive year and hitting coach Leo Perez begins his second season as a coach in the Dominican. Amaury Gonzalez will serve as the club's athletic trainer.