The Yankees have selected their manager for AAA SWB, and it’s Doug Davis. Davis becomes SWB’s fourth manager in the last four years.
From the NY Post:
Davis takes over for Jay Bell, who left the organization this offseason because the former big-leaguer wanted “to pursue major league coaching positions,” general manager Brian Cashman told The Post in October.
Bell ended up going down a level to become manager of the Rocket City Trash Pandas, the newly formed Double-A affiliate for the Los Angeles Angels in Madison, Ala.
Despite the never-ending managerial turnover, the RailRiders have made the postseason every season since 2015 and won the league championship in 2016 under Al Pedrique, who now is the Oakland Athletics third base coach.
Davis was the RailRiders’ bullpen coach last season, and has worked various roles under Bell, Bobby Mitchell (2018) and Pedrique (2017).
The 57-year-old Davis played seven major league games between the Angels and Rangers in 1998 and 1992, and has managed 999 games in the minors (515-484).
Davis will retain pitching coach Tommy Phelps and hitting coach Phil Plantier, while Aaron Bossi and Raul Dominguez were added as defensive coaches.
There are no words.
I was cooking and didn’t get the text message from my sister in CA until an hour after she texted me. I didn’t have the TV on, and was listening to some old music while I made my dinner on Sunday.
Then I found out about the crash that killed Kobe Bryant, his 13 year old daughter and seven others. One of the other seven was John Altobelli, a junior college baseball coach who coached the Yankees’ Aaron Judge and also the Mets’ Jeff McNeil.
My family in CA are Lakers fans. I am a Celtic fan, and my sister had to “switch” when she got married. My brother-in-law has season tickets, but has to sell many because he can’t make every game.
That crash happened only about ten miles from where my sister and her family live.
The game that was scheduled for tonight (Tuesday), but postponed because of Bryant’s death, was one of the games that he didn’t sell the tickets for yet. He, and my 13 year old niece, were (and still are?) going to attend the game.
My family is hurting, as are many fans. You can only imagine the anguish the affected families feel.
My workplace is slow right now, and voluntary time off was given on Monday. I took it and left early, for my mind wasn’t on my work. It was on my family.
My 13 year old niece plays her basketball from time to time at Kobe’s Mamba Sports Academy. She would always look for him, but he wasn’t there when she played. My 15 year old nephew did meet him at a Lakers’ game once.
So my mind was with them yesterday, and I left work early.
When your friends or family hurt, YOU hurt also.