The 2014 World Series Champion San Francisco Giants have announced the 2015 Field Staff for their Double-A affiliate, the Richmond Flying Squirrels. Taking control as the new Manager is Jose Alguacil, replacing Russ Morman after a successful campaign for the Squirrels last year.
Alguacil, (pronounced All-gwah-seal), spent the previous eight seasons in the Giants organization as a Roving Instructor and will become the fourth Manager in Squirrels franchise history (Andy Skeels, Dave Machemer and Morman). Alguacil, otherwise known as “Auggie”, will be joined by new Pitching Coach Steve Kline and returning Hitting Coach Kenny Joyce. Kline, a former Major League pitcher with the Giants, will be just the second Pitching Coach in team history as he replaces Ross Grimsley, who is no longer with the Giants organization. Joyce returns for his fifth season in the RVA.
“I think that Auggie is the perfect choice to build upon the Squirrels success from last year,” said Flying Squirrels VP & COO Todd “Parney” Parnell. “His diversified experience as well as his knowledge of both the Giants and Squirrels franchises should lead to great things in 2015. I can’t wait for the season to begin.”
Flying Squirrels’ Field Staff:
- Manager: Jose Alguacil
- Pitching Coach: Steve Kline
- Hitting Coach: Ken Joyce
- Strength & Conditioning Coach – Adam Vish
- Athletic Trainer: David Getsoff
Alguacil begins his first year as a Manager after spending the last eight seasons with the Giants as a Roving Instructor. The 42 year-old Venezuelan native was the organization’s Coordinator of Infield Instruction during the 2014 campaign. Alguacil began his coaching career in 2002 with the Montreal Expos also as a Minor League Instructor. He briefly coached in the Major Leagues with the Nationals at the end of the 2005 season. As a player he was an infielder primarily within the Giants system from 1993-2001 and reached as high as Triple-A with the White Sox for three games during the 2000 campaign. Alguacil currently resides in Chandler, AZ.
Kline joins the Squirrels as Pitching Coach after spending the previous six seasons in the same roll with the August GreenJackets. Kline finished off his long and established Major League career as a lefty reliever with the Giants in 2007. He appeared in 796 MLB games during his 11 year-career that began with the Indians in 1997. The 42 year-old Pennsylvania native was an 8th round selection by Cleveland in the 1993 draft out of the University of West Virginia. He set the Cardinals single –season record for appearances (89) in 2001 and led the National League in appearances for three consecutive seasons (1999-2001).
Joyce will spend his fifth season with the Squirrels and sixth overall in the San Francisco system. He served in the same capacity with the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA) in his first season with the Giants in 2010 before joining the Squirrels in 2011. Prior to joining the Giants, he spent eight seasons (2002-09) with the Toronto Blue Jays in a variety of roles. He was the Hitting Coach at Triple-A Las Vegas in 2009 and held the same job with Double-A New Hampshire in both 2007 and 2008. Joyce was also a manager in the Blue Jays’ system at the Single-A level from 2004 to 2006. He also served as an instructor in the Florida Marlins’ chain for six seasons (1994-99).
The Flying Squirrels 2015 season begins April 9th at 6:35PM against the Bowe Baysox. Season tickets, mini plans and group packages are currently available by contacting the box office at 804-359-FUNN or online at www.squirrelsbaseball.com.