Wood returns to Pelicans; Mintz, Perez added to staff

Former big league infielder Jason Wood will return for his third season as manager of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans for the upcoming 2013 Carolina League season. The announcement was made today by Texas Rangers’ Director of Player Development Tim Purpura as part of the team’s announcement of its minor league coaching staffs.

Wood will be joined on the Pelicans bench by a pair of new coaches, pitching coach Steve Mintz and hitting coach Josue Perez. 2012 Myrtle Beach pitching coach Brad Holman and bench coach Kenny Holmberg have each been promoted to other positions in the Rangers’ farm system – Holman to pitching coach at Triple-A Round Rock and Holmberg to manager of Texas’ affiliate in the rookie-level Arizona Summer League. 2012 hitting coach Julio Garcia is no longer with the organization.

In his second season as a minor league manager for the Pelicans, Wood once again guided the team into the playoffs.  Myrtle Beach qualified for the 2012 Carolina League post season by finishing with a 38-31 record in the second half, only to be knocked out by the Winston-Salem Dash in the Southern Division Championship series.

A four-year Major League veteran, Wood hit .245 in 153 big league games with the Marlins, Tigers and A’s.  His professional playing career spanned 18 years before he retired in 2008.  The native Californian served as hitting coach with the Rangers former Advanced –A affiliate in Bakersfield, California in 2009 and 2010 before taking over the Pelicans managerial position.

A former major league pitcher, Mintz enters his first year with the Rangers organization after eleven years with Minnesota Twins farm system. Most recently, he served as a pitching coach for the Class A Fort Myers Miracle in the Florida State League.  Mintz, a 44-year-old native of Wilmington , North Carolina played major league ball with the Giants, Brewers, Padres, Pirates, and Angels between 1995 and 1999.

Perez spent last season with the Rangers Class A Affiliate, Hickory Crawdads as the hitting coach.  Perez, 36, is in his seventh season with the Rangers organization.  A native of Havana , Cuba , Perez played professionally for eight seasons within the Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Texas farm systems.

Head Athletic Trainer Jeff Bodenhamer will return for his third season with the Pelicans, while Anthony Miller has been promoted from Hickory to serve as the club’s Strength and Conditioning Coach.

The Pelicans kick off the 15th Anniversary Season on Thursday, April 4th, 2013 versus the Wilmington Blue Rocks.  Season tickets, Flex Books and Mini-Plans for the 2013 season are on sale now at the team’s TicketReturn.Com Field offices or by calling (843) 918-6000.

Photo courtesy of MB Pelicans

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