|| Who’s The Boss? Pelicans’ 2005 Coaching Staff Announced
| Myrtle Beach Pelicans’ Manager Randy Ingle
The Randy Ingle era will continue into 2005. The Atlanta Braves have announced the field staff for the 2005 Myrtle Beach Pelicans with half of the ’04 staff remaining intact. Manager Randy Ingle and Pitching Coach Bruce Dal Canton will return to the flock while Hitting Coach Jack Maloof and Trainer Mike Dart have flown the coop.
Ingle will lead the Pelicans for the fourth straight season. In 2004 Randy led the “Birds” to a solid 75-63 with a team that fought numerous injuries and call-ups in the second half of the season. The 2005 season will mark the 14th year that Randy has managed a team in the Atlanta Braves organization. The Pelicans have reached the Carolina League Playoffs once under Ingle’s watch (2002). Highlights of Ingle’s managerial career include guiding the 1997 Greenville Braves to the Southern League Championship, the same year he won the Southern League “Manager of the Year” honor.
Pitching Coach Bruce Dal Canton returns to the Pelicans coaching staff for his seventh season. Dal Canton, who pitched in the Major Leagues with the Pirates, Royals, Braves and White Sox, has annually molded one of the finest pitching staffs in the Carolina League. During the 2004 season, Dal Canton’s staff recorded the 2nd best ERA (3.44); led the Carolina League in shutouts (19) and strikeouts (1,051); yielded the least amount of hits (1,097), allowed the fewest runs (533); and gave up the least HR’s (65). Dal Canton has coached eight pitchers in Myrtle Beach that have since pitched in the Major Leagues.
After spending time as a roving hitting instructor in the Atlanta Braves Organization, Franklin Stubbs has been named the 2005 Pelicans Hitting Coach, replacing Jack Maloof, who will become a roving instructor. Stubbs has been traveling through the Braves Minor League system instructing the future of the Braves on the finer points of hitting. A first round draft pick in 1982 out of Virginia Tech, Stubbs is remembered for his standout 1986 season when he led the L.A. Dodgers with 23 homers. In 1990 Stubbs was traded to the Houston Astros, where he matched his career-high with 23 homers. “Stubby” hit .232 and hammered 104 HR’s over 10 seasons that saw him play for the L.A. Dodgers, Houston Astros, Milwaukee Brewers and the Detroit Tigers. Highlights of his career include winning a World Series as the starting first baseman on the 1988 L.A. Dodgers.
Drew Van Dam takes over as the new trainer for the Pelicans in 2005, replacing Mike Dart. Van Dam spent the last two seasons as the trainer for the Rome Braves in the South Atlantic League. He played baseball at Springfield College ( Ohio ) where he received his degree in Athletic Training in 2000. Van Dam also earned his Master’s in Athletic Training from Ohio University in 2001.
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