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Suns Field Staff Announced for 2009

Suns Field Staff Announced for 2009

Hagerstown, MD- The Washington Nationals have announced the coaching staff for the Hagerstown Suns in 2009. Matt LeCroy will take over as manager of the Suns, with Rich Gale, Tony Tarasco and Ramon Aviles rounding out the coaching staff. Jeff Allred will also return to Hagerstown as the Suns athletic trainer.
Lecroy, a former Minnesota Twin and Washington National, spent eight seasons in the Major Leagues, and will be making his coaching debut with the Suns. With a .260 career Major League batting average, and a passion for teaching the game Lecroy is looking forward to returning to the Nationals organization.
"Playing with the Nationals, I got to know a lot of those guys, the coaching staff and the General Manager, and I loved the staff," Lecroy said. "It was a good fit for me and I am looking forward to it."
Gale is also starting his first campaign in the Nationals system, but the former Major League hurler brings a wealth of experience to the pitching coach position.. Gale pitched for seven years in the Majors, going 55-56 with a 4.54 ERA with Kansas City, San Francisco, Cincinnati and Boston. Gale also served as the Boston Red Sox pitching coach in 1992 and 1993. Prior to joining the Nationals organization, Gale spent three seasons working in the Florida Marlins farm system. Gale has been to Municipal Stadium in the past as a member of the 1989 New Britain Fisher Cats of the Double-A Eastern League.
"I'm an East Coast guy and looking forward to getting back to an area I'm familiar with," Gale said. "I've never been at this level, I've always been at higher levels, and I'm really looking forward to the hands on teaching aspect of it."
2009 will be the second season in Hagerstown for hitting coach Tony Tarasco. Prior to joining the Suns in 2008, Tarasco spent two seasons as the hitting coach of the Vermont Lake Monsters, the Nationals Short Season-A Affiliate. Tarasco also enjoyed a productive playing career, spending eight seasons in the Major Leagues.
Aviles will join the team in June, at the conclusion of the Extended Spring Training season, where he will serve as the manager. Aviles spent 2008 as the manager of the Vermont Lake Monsters, after 25 years, including 21 as a coach in the Philadelphia Phillies system and two years coaching for the Milwaukie Brewers.
Allred will be taking his second tour through Hagerstown as the athletic trainer. A native Texan, Allred graduated from Texas State University and spent one season with the Macon Music of the independent Southcoast League.
Opening day for the Suns in 2009 is April 9th, and the team will play their first game at Municipal Stadium on April 13th.
The Hagerstown Suns play at Municipal Stadium in Hagerstown, MD and are a Class "A" affiliate of the Washington Nationals. Ticket packages and sponsorships are available by calling the Suns at 301-791-6266. Visit the Suns on the web at www.hagerstownsuns.com. The Suns are owned by Los Angeles based Mandalay Baseball Properties.

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