Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Former major-leaguer joins Montgomery coaching staff

Former major-leaguer Ben Oglivie will be the Montgomery Biscuits' hitting coach in 2008.

Oglivie was a 16-year major-leaguer and had a .273 career average. He led the American League with 41 home runs in 1980 for the Milwaukee Brewers, played in the 1982 World Series and was a three-time All-Star.

Manager Billy Gardner, pitching coach Neil Allen and trainer Jimmy Southard will return for a second season. The Biscuits will be trying for a third straight Southern League championship.

"It would be wonderful if we do that," Gardner said. "Anytime you go into a season, a championship is what you shoot for."

Hector Torres, Montgomery's hitting coach this year, is going to be a coach at Rookie-level Princeton. Longtime Princeton manager Jamie Nelson is filling Tampa Bay's newly created catching coordinator position. Jared Sandberg, a former Tampa Bay major-leaguer, will be a coach at short-season Hudson Valley. The Rays will have three coaches at Hudson Valley and Princeton.

Durham -- manager Charlie Montoyo, pitching coach Xavier Hernandez, hitting coach Gary Gaetti, trainer Mark Vinson
Montgomery -- Billy Gardner, Neil Allen, Ben Oglivie, Jimmy Southard
Vero Beach -- Jim Morrison, R.C. Lichtenstein, Brady Williams, Joel Smith
Columbus -- Matt Quatraro, Bill Moloney, Ozzie Timmons, Nick Medina
Hudson Valley -- Joe Alvarez, Rafael Montalvo, Jared Sandberg, coach Michael Johns, trainer Jeff Dill
Princeton -- Joe Szekely, Marty DeMerritt, Rafael Deleon, Hector Torres, trainer TBD
Minor-league coordinators -- Jim Hoff, Dick Bosman (pitching), Steve Livesey (hitting), Skeeter Barnes (outfield/baserunning), Jamie Nelson (catching), Nick Paparesta (rehab and training), Chris Tomashoff (assistant training), Trung "T.C." Cao (strength and conditioning), Tim McKechney (equipment manager)

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