12/16/2010 1:36 PM ET
Cubs announce 2011 minor league managers and staff
The Chicago Cubs today announced their minor league managers and coaching staffs for the 2011 season, which includes Bill Dancy taking over at Triple-A Iowa, and a new coaching staff at Double-A Tennessee led by manager Brian Harper, a former catcher for 16 big league seasons.
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 175-187 of the Chicago Cubs 2010 Media Guide.
|Boise (Short A)
||Rick Tronerud/Frank Castillo
||Leo Perez/Franklin Blanco
Dancy will manage the Iowa Cubs after last season earning the 2010 Southern League Manager of the Year award and helping Tennessee advance to the Southern League Championship Series. Prior to 2010, he spent 30 years as a coach or manager within the Philadelphia Phillies (1978-2009) and Kansas City Royals (2009) organizations, and his 1,604 career minor league victories rank fourth among active minor league skippers. Mike Mason will serve a fourth term as Iowa's pitching coach while Von Joshua returns as Iowa's hitting coach for the sixth-straight season. Matt Johnson enters his fourth season as the club's athletic trainer and his 10th year in the Cubs chain.
Harper takes over at Tennessee after leading the Single-A San Jose Giants to the California League Championship in 2010, his first season as a minor league manager after serving as San Francisco's roving catching instructor in 2008-09. Harper batted .295 in 1,001 big league games from 1979-95 and made World Series appearances with the Cardinals in 1985 and the Twins in 1991. Harper's staff includes Marty Mason, who spent the last 25 seasons as a coach in the St. Louis Cardinals system, including the last 11 as the major league bullpen coach. Mariano Duncan, a 12-year major league veteran infielder (1985-97), joins the organization as the club's hitting coach after five seasons as the Los Angeles Dodgers major league first base coach. He was a member of two World Series champions, the 1990 Cincinnati Reds and 1996 New York Yankees. Nick Frangella enters his eighth season in the Cubs organization and his fourth as athletic trainer for Tennessee.
Buddy Bailey returns as Daytona's manager for the third-straight season after leading the team to a 139-135 (.507) record in his first two years. A minor league manager for 22 years (with the Cubs since 2006), Bailey previously worked in Boston's (1991-2004) and Atlanta's (1982-1990) organizations. 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 also enters his third season with Daytona, and hitting coach Barbaro Garbey - 2011 will be his first season with Daytona after serving as Peoria's hitting coach in 2009-10. Peter Fagan joins the organization as the team's athletic trainer, and brings 27 years experience having worked in the St. Louis Cardinals (1982-2000) and Houston Astros (2001-10) organizations.
Casey Kopitzke enters his third season as a minor league manager in the Cubs chain, his second at Peoria after leading the team to a 71-66 record in 2010. He made his managerial debut in 2009 with Boise after two seasons as the Cubs minor league catching coordinator. Former major leaguer Jeff Fassero takes over as Peoria's pitching coach after handling the same duty for Boise last season. 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, Mesa and Boise, will serve as the team's hitting coach. Aaron Larsen, with Boise in 2010, begins his first year as Peoria's athletic trainer.
Former catcher Mark Johnson will begin his managerial career with Boise after enjoying 16 professional seasons (1994-2010) on the field, including 332 major league games with the White Sox (1998-02), Athletics (2003), Brewers (2004) and Cardinals (2008). He most recently completed his second stint with the Iowa Cubs having appeared with the team in 2005 and 2009-10. Assisting Johnson will be the team's pitching coach, David Rosario, who was with Peoria last season. In addition, Desi Wilson enters his fourth season in the Cubs organization, his first as Boise's hitting coach, after serving as Mesa's hitting coach in 2010. Bob Grimes will begin his 27th year in the system as the team's athletic trainer after three seasons in the same capacity with Daytona.
Juan Cabreja, who is in his eighth year with the organization, begins his third season as Mesa's manager while Rick Tronerud returns for his 16th year with the Cubs, and his 11th season as Mesa's pitching coach. Former Cubs pitcher and 13-year major league veteran Frank Castillo joins the club, assisting with pitching coach and minor league rehab duties. The righthander compiled an 82-104 record and a 4.56 ERA with Chicago (1991-97), Colorado (1997), Detroit (1998), Toronto (2000), Boston (2001-02, 2004) and Florida (2005). Former outfielder Jason Dubois also begins his coaching career, handling hitting coach duties for Mesa. Originally selected by Chicago in the 14th round of the 2000 Draft, he logged major league playing time with the Cubs (2004-05) and Indians (2005) and was with Iowa last year. Steve Melendez, in his 26th season with the organization, returns as the club's athletic trainer for the fourth season.
The Cubs will again run two clubs in the Dominican Summer League. The first team will be managed by Manuel Callado for the second-straight season while Leo Hernandez will be the team's pitching coach in his 16th year with the club. Alberto Garcia will be the hitting coach for the second-consecutive year. Robert Jimenez is the team's athletic trainer.
Yudith Ozorio will manage the second Dominican squad, the same position he held in 2010. Anderson Tavares will handle pitching coach duties for the fifth-consecutive year while Leo Perez and Franklin Blanco will take on hitting coach duties. Perez begins his third season as a coach in the Dominican while 2011 marks Blanco's fifth year with the organization. Wilkin Perez will serve as the club's athletic trainer after spending the previous two seasons in the Nationals organization.