Evers to Return For Eighth Season With Bulls

Durham Bulls Evers to Return For Eighth Season With Bulls
Durham Bulls Manager Bill Evers
Durham Bulls’ manager Bill Evers

The Durham Bulls have been managed by Bill Evers every season since their move to Triple-A in 1998, and the 2005 season will be no exception.   Evers will return for an eight stint in the driver’s seat with the minor league team in Durham .

Evers’ 2004 staff will also return.  Pitching Coach Joe Coleman, Hitting Coach Richie Hebner and Trainer Tom Tisdale will once again call Durham home in 2005.

“It’s always good news for fans in the Triangle when we announce the return of Bill Evers,” Bulls General Manager Mike Birling said, “His brand of baseball is winning baseball, plain and simple.”

The winningest manager in Bulls history and an award winner himself, the 50-year-old Evers took the Bulls to their sixth post-season play in seven seasons in 2004.  Under his leadership the Bulls have won two International League titles.  The league wins came back-to-back, the only team in the 119-year history of the IL to take the Governors’ Cup Finals two years in a row.  He has guided the Bulls to 548 wins and seen them break box office records with attendance at the ballpark.

Fifty-seven year old Coleman will return for a sixth season as Bulls pitching coach.  He pitched in the majors with Washington, Detroit, Chicago, Oakland, Toronto, San Francisco and Pittsburgh during a fifteen-year career as a player.

Hebner, also 57, will join the Bulls for a fourth season.  Hebner played in the majors for 18 years for Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, New York, Detroit and Chicago. He was a member of the World Series Champion Pittsburgh Pirates in 1971. 

Tisdale will join the Bulls for a third season.  He has been a trainer in the minors for 17 years.

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