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Parrish not the only manager to return to a team

04/03/2014, 12:00am EDT
By JOHN WAGNER BLADE SPORTS WRITER

Toledo’s Larry Parrish is one of five new managers in the International League.

But Parrish obviously isn’t “new” to the Mud Hens, having managed in Toledo for all or part of eight different seasons.

The same holds true for several of the other “new” managers from around the International League.

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For example, Gary Allenson may be the new manager in Buffalo, but he’s hardly new to the IL. Allenson managed in Louisville in 1998-99 when the franchise was affiliated with Milwaukee, then later served as Ottawa manager in 2003 before spending more than three seasons with Norfolk from 2008-11. He left the Tides in June of 2010 to become the third-base coach with Baltimore.

While Brian Snitker may be in his first season at Gwinnett, he also is no stranger to the International League or the Braves. Snitker served as the team’s manager in 2006 when it was located in Richmond.

The IL does have two “true” new managers in Kevin Boles in Pawtucket and Billy Gardner in Syracuse.

One of the longest-tenured managers in the league, Scranton/​Wilkes-Barre’s Dave Miley, will be honored this season as he joins Toledo broadcaster Jim Weber and infielder Jeff Manto, a standout for several different clubs, as inductees into the IL’s Hall of Fame.

As for the league itself, Durham will look to repeat as South Division winners, an honor the Bulls have claimed in six of the past seven seasons, as well as trying to win another Governors’ Cup championship.

Pawtucket will look to repeat as North Division champs and claim its fourth consecutive playoff berth, while Indianapolis will look to win the West Division for the third straight year.

Here is a look at the International League’s 13 other franchises.

 

WEST DIVISION

COLUMBUS CLIPPERS

Affiliate: Cleveland

Manager: Chris Tremie

2013 record: 71-73 (2nd)

Top prospects: RHP Trevor Bauer is back with the Clippers for a second season after posting a 6-7 record and 4.15 ERA in 22 starts for Columbus last year. … 2B Jose Ramirez is the first in a line of middle infield prospect coming up the pipeline, with top prospect Francisco Lindor close behind in Double-A.

Worth noting: The Clippers have won nine Governors’ Cup titles since 1979. No other IL club has won more than four in that period.

 

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

Affiliate: Pittsburgh

Manager: Dean Treanor

2013 record: 80-64 (1st)

Top prospects: 1B Andrew Lambo returns after hitting 33 home runs last season, including 18 in just 62 games with Indianapolis. … OF Gregory Polanco, the top prospect in the Pirates organization, hit 12 home runs and stole 37 bases at three different levels a year ago.

Worth noting: The Indians have won the last two West Division titles after missing the postseason six straight seasons. Before this back-to-back roll, Indianapolis had missed the playoffs in all but one season since 2000, losing to Toledo in the 2005 Governors’ Cup finals. The Indians also nearly made the playoffs in 2006 but lost a one-game playoff to the Hens.

 

LOUISVILLE BATS

Affiliate: Cincinnati

Manager: Jim Riggleman

2013 record: 69-75 (3rd)

Top prospects: LHP David Holmberg, whom the Reds received in trade from Arizona, was one of the top prospects in the Diamondbacks’ system before the trade. … RHP Robert Stephenson, the top prospect in the Reds’ organization, finished last season at Double-A Pensacola and could join the Bats at some point this year.

Worth noting: The Bats have had losing records in each of the past two seasons, marking the first time that has happened since 2004-05.

 

SOUTH DIVISION

CHARLOTTE KNIGHTS

Affiliate: Chicago White Sox

Manager: Joel Skinner

2013 record: 65-78 (3rd)

Top prospects: 3B Matt Davidson, Arizona’s fifth-best prospect before the D-backs traded him to Chicago, won last year’s Triple-A All-Star Game home run derby. … IF Marcus Semien hit .261 in a 21-game trial with the White Sox last season and can play second base, shortstop, or third base.

Worth noting: On April 11 the Knights will open BB&T Ballpark in downtown Charlotte. The team also unveiled a new logo last October.

 

DURHAM BULLS

Affiliate: Tampa Bay

Manager: Charlie Montoyo

2013 record: 87-57 (1st)

Top prospects: LHP Enny Romero is Tampa Bay’s fourth-best prospect after posting a 2.76 ERA for Double-A Montgomery last season. … Kevin Kiermaier, the Rays’ 10th-best prospect, stole 21 bases last season.

Worth noting: Durham Bulls Athletic Park, which received a $19 million upgrade in the offseason, will host the Triple-A All-Star Game for the first time in franchise history.

 

GWINNETT BRAVES

Affiliate: Atlanta

Manager: Brian Snitker

2013 record: 60-84 (4th)

Top prospects: C Christian Bethancourt, Atlanta’s second-rated prospect, starred for Panama in the 2004 Little League World Series. … RHP J.R. Graham, the Braves’ third-best prospect, is coming back from shoulder trouble that limited him to eight starts a year ago.

Worth noting: 1B-DH Ernesto Mejia returns for his third straight season with the Braves. In 2012 he was the IL’s rookie of the year thanks to 92 RBIs, and last year he set a Gwinnett record with 28 home runs.

 

NORFOLK TIDES

Affiliate: Baltimore

Manager: Ron Johnson

2013 record: 77-67 (2nd)

Top prospects: RHP Kevin Gausman, the fourth pick in the 2012 draft and Baltimore’s second-best prospect, is expected to lead the Tides’ rotation. … Other highly regarded pitchers in the Orioles’ system such as Dylan Bundy and Mike Wright also could see action for Norfolk.

Worth noting: Among the veteran players on the roster are former Tigers OF Delmon Young and LHP Johan Santana, who won a pair of Cy Young awards with Minnesota.

 

NORTH DIVISION

BUFFALO BISONS

Affiliate: Toronto

Manager: Gary Allenson

2013 record: 74-70 (3rd)

Top prospects: Despite standing just 5 feet, 9 inches, RHP Marcus Stroman throws hard and is the Blue Jays’ second-ranked prospect after striking out 129 in 112 innings for Double-A New Hampshire. … OF Kevin Pillar rose through three levels last season and hit .299 for Buffalo. He has a .321 career batting average in the minors.

Worth noting: Allenson, the IL’s MVP in 1978 and the winningest manager in Norfolk history, is the fifth manager in as many seasons for the Bisons.

 

LEHIGH VALLEY IRONPIGS

Affiliate: Philadelphia

Manager: Dave Brundage

2013 record: 72-72 (4th)

Top prospects: 3B Maikel Franco, the top prospect in the Phillies’ organization, hit .320 with 31 homers and 103 RBIs at two different levels last season. … If he can overcome elbow concerns, Cuban RHP Miguel Gonzalez probably will throw his first pitch in the United States for the IronPigs.

Worth noting: Lehigh Valley has introduced new uniforms with bacon as the logo on the hat and as the piping on the pants, as well as an all-black uniform to be worn for Friday night home games.

 

PAWTUCKET RED SOX

Affiliate: Boston

Manager: Kevin Boles

2013 record: 80-63 (1st)

Top prospects: LHP Henry Owens, Boston’s second-best prospect, led all minor league pitchers with a .177 opponents’ batting average and was second with 169 strikeouts. … OF Jackie Bradley, Jr., the third-ranked prospect in the Red Sox organization, split time between Boston and Pawtucket last season.

Worth noting: Boston’s highly regarded minor-league organization could place a number of top prospects in Pawtucket, including RHP Allen Webster (ranked fourth), 3B Garin Cecchini (sixth), RHP Brandon Workman (eighth), RHP Matt Barnes (ninth), and RHP Anthony Ranaudo (11th).

 

ROCHESTER RED WINGS

Affiliate: Minnesota

Manager: Gene Glynn

2013 record: 77-67 (2nd)

Top prospects: RHP Alex Meyer, Minnesota’s third-ranked prospect, came to the Twins from the Washington Nationals in exchange for Denard Span after the 2012 season. … SS Danny Santana is a 23-year-old, switch-hitting shortstop who hit .297 with 30 stolen bases for Double-A New Britain last season.

Worth noting: Despite a 2-11 start last season, the Red Wings won a wild-card playoff berth on the last day of the season. It marked Rochester’s first Governors’ Cup playoff appearance since losing to Toledo in the 2006 finals.

 

SCRANTON/​WILKES-BARRE RAILRIDERS

Affiliate: New York Yankees

Manager: Dave Miley

2013 record: 68-76 (5th)

Top prospects: C J.R. Murphy, the fourth-best prospect in the Yankees organization, hit .270 with six homers and 21 RBIs in 59 games for the RailRiders. … RHP Jose Ramirez is coming back from an oblique injury that limited him to eight starts for SWB last season.

Worth noting: This will be the 25th anniversary of the Scranton/​Wilkes-Barre franchise. The Maine Guides moved from Old Orchard Beach, Maine, to the ballpark now known as PNC Field for the 1989 season and were renamed the Scranton/​Wilkes-Barre Red Barons.

 

SYRACUSE CHIEFS

Affiliate: Washington

Manager: Billy Gardner

2013 record: 66-78 (6th)

Top prospects: OF Brian Goodwin, the third-ranked prospect in Washington’s organization, hit .252 for Double-A Harrisburg last season. … IF-OF Jeff Kobernus, a Rule 5 pick of the Tigers who was returned to the Nationals last season, hit .318 and stole 42 bases for the Chiefs last season.

Worth noting: The biggest change this off-season came in the front office, where Jason Smorol takes over as general manager. He is the franchise’s first GM not named Simone since 1969, as Tex Simone took that position in 1970 before handing it off to his son, John, in 1997.

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