Pelicans name Bailey new manager, round out staff

pel-baileysmokiesIn conjunction with the Chicago Cubs, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans have announced that former Double-A Tennessee skipper Buddy Bailey will manage the Pelicans in 2016.

Bailey will serve as the seventh manager in team history and will be joined by Anderson Tavarez (pitching coach), Mariano Duncan (hitting coach), Juan Cabreja (assistant coach), Toby Williams (athletic trainer) and Jason Morriss (strength and conditioning coach).

Bailey, 58, spent the previous four seasons as the manager of Double-A Tennessee, going 290-266 (.521). Prior to his time in Tennessee, Bailey spent three years as Daytona’s manager, helping the team win the 2011 Florida State League Championship. A member of the Cubs organization since 2006, the 2016 campaign will be Bailey’s 28th season as a manager and 11th with the organization. Bailey also managed Triple-A Iowa in 2007 and Tennessee in 2008.

The 2016 season will mark Bailey’s third stint in the Carolina League. A 16th-round pick by Atlanta out of Lynchburg College in 1979, Bailey spent four seasons as a catcher and first baseman in the Braves system. Bailey played part of the 1982 season with the Durham Bulls, then of the Carolina League. He later managed the Lynchburg Red Sox during the 1991 and 1992 seasons, going a combined 144-130 (.526). Throughout his managerial career, which dates back to the 1983 Pulaski Braves, Bailey owns a 1936-1830 (.514) record.

Tavarez heads to Myrtle Beach after serving as Class A Short Season Eugene’s pitching coach last season. The Dominican Republic native helped tutor Emeralds pitchers to the second-best ERA (3.55) in the Northwest League in 2015. Eugune also posted the circuit’s most strikeouts (691). Tavarez pitched in the Cubs system from 2000-05 and worked as a pitching coach with the Cubs’ Dominican Summer League team from 2007-12.

Duncan returns to Myrtle Beach for his fourth season as the Cubs’ Class A-Advanced hitting coach.  2015 was his first with the Pelicans after serving the previous two campaigns in the same role with Tennessee (2011-12). The 12-year major league veteran (1985-87, 1989-97) joined the Cubs in 2011 after spending the previous five seasons (2006-10) as the Dodgers’ major league first base coach. As a player, Duncan finished third in the National League Rookie of the Year voting with the Dodgers in 1985 and won two World Series Championships, the first with the Cincinnati Reds in 1990 and the second with the New York Yankees in 1996. He was inducted into the Dominican Republic Baseball Hall of Fame in 2008.

Rounding out the Pelicans’ field staff is Juan Cabreja, who served as the Dominican Cubs’ manager in both 2014 and 2015. Cabreja began his coaching career as a bench coach with the DSL Cubs from 2004-06 before managing the team in 2007 and 2008. He spent three years as the skipper of the Arizona League Cubs from 2009-11 before managing the DSL Cubs in 2012.

Williams begins his third year as a trainer in the Cubs organization and his first with Myrtle Beach after serving as the trainer in Mesa last season. Morriss is entering his fourth season in the organization and second with Myrtle Beach as a strength and conditioning coach.

The Pelicans also hired Scott Kornberg as the team’s Play-by-Play Announcer and Media Relations Manager. Kornberg will broadcast Pelicans games on the radio and serve as the club’s primary contact with the media and front office.

The 2015 season was the 17th season for the Pelicans franchise and first as the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. For information on tickets to see the Pelicans in 2016, please call (843) 918-6000, e-mail info@myrtlebeachpelicans.com, or visit www.MyrtleBeachPelicans.com.

– Photo courtesy of Tennessee Smokies/MiLB

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