(Bradenton, FL) The Pittsburgh Pirates today announced their minor league managerial and coaching assignments for the 2016 season. The announcement was made by Larry Broadway, Pirates Director of Minor League Operations.
Michael Ryan will manage the Bradenton Marauders in the team’s seventh season. Ryan, the fifth manager in franchise history, is returning for his second season at the helm in Bradenton. Last year the Marauders finished 74-64 overall. This is Ryan’s fourth season as a manager in the Pirates organization. He managed Low-A West Virginia in 2013 and 2014. Ryan joined the Pirates organization in 2012 as a player coach with the Altoona Curve. His career record is 210-203 over the previous three seasons. Ryan played in the Major Leagues for parts of five seasons with the Minnesota Twins and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Jeff Johnson joins the Marauders as pitching coach for 2016. Johnson is in his ninth season with the Pirates organization. His prior coaching stops include stints with Low-A West Virginia (2009-2011, 2013-2014), Double-A Altoona (2012), and most recently Class-A Short Season Bristol. Johnson pitched in the Majors for three seasons with the New York Yankees.
Keoni De Renne will be the Marauders hitting coach. De Renne is in his fifth season with the Pirates organization. He spent the last two seasons as the hitting coach at Low-A West Virginia. His playing career as an infielder spanned 2000-2010, including five organizations and more than 1,000 games played.
Ryan, Johnson, and De Renne all played in the Florida State League during their minor league careers. Coming up in the Twins organization, Ryan spent the 1999 season with the Fort Myers Miracle. Johnson started 17 games in 1990 with the Fort Lauderdale Yankees. De Renne had a short stint with the Clearwater Threshers during the final season of his playing career in 2010.
The first Marauders game at McKechnie Field in 2016 is on Saturday, April 9 at 6:30 p.m.
For more information about the Bradenton Marauders, visit www.BradentonMarauders.com.
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The great Sammy Davis Jr. would’ve been 90 on December 8th. There was nobody like him before or since.
(Sarasota, FL) Ray Shepherd, Director of Defense Media Activity, Department of Defense, will be the speaker at the Broadcasters Club of Florida luncheon at SaraBay Country Club on Friday, Dec. 11. Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. with lunch beginning promptly at noon.
Ray Shepard’s responsibility includes management of Armed Forces Radio & Television, one of the world’s largest broadcast networks that extend to 175 nations using international satellites to provide 9 channels of television, 12 satellite radio services and 10 streaming radio services. There are on-going tests involving streaming of all Armed Forces Network services to those in remote locations. Current audience is 400,000.
Ray Shepherd is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a Bachelor’s of Arts in journalism, a Master’s of Science in management from Troy State University and a Master’s of Arts in communications from University of Oklahoma.
The luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. and the event concludes by 1:30 PM. Parking is free and convenient. You do not need to be a member of the Broadcasters Club of Florida to attend its luncheons.
LUNCHEON PRICE: $20 per person – Members ($25 – Non-Members)
Noon – Wednesday, December 9th
For further information about the Broadcasters Club (membership, activities, and reference links), go to our website: http://broadcastersclub.com
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