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Tri-City coaching staff announced
12/19/2005 3:16 PM ET
The Colorado Rockies and Tri-City Dust Devils have released the Tri-City coaching staff for the 2006 season. Darron Cox will begin his first season at the helm of the Dust Devils, taking over for Ron Gideon, who has been promoted to minor league Field Coordinator for the Rockies.

Cox, 38, spent the last three years at Double-A Tulsa, where he was the team's hitting coach. A veteran of 13 seasons of professional baseball, Cox retired in the spring of 2002 before being named the manager of the Casper Rockies, where he led the rookie-level affiliate to a 35-41 record. A catcher, Cox spent 15 games with the Montreal Expos in 1999 and played for six different organizations.

"I'm really excited to be in the Tri-Cities and to be managing again," said Cox. "I feel my time in Tulsa has prepared me to be a successful manager."

Also new to the Tri-City staff is pitching coach Doug Linton. Linton, 40, will be entering his first season as a professional coach. The former pitcher played seven seasons in the Major Leagues, where he went 17-20 with a 5.78 ERA in 112 games.

Returning for his sixth season coaching in the Tri-Cities will be Fred Ocasio.

Gideon, 41, spent the last ten seasons as a manager in the Rockies system. He compiled a 149-155 record in his four seasons in the Tri-Cities, and was 510-563 overall with the Rockies.

"This is a good move for me and for the Tri-City Dust Devils," said Gideon. "I really enjoyed my time in the Tri-Cities, and the Dust Devils are getting a great manager in Darron Cox. He has managed at this level before and does a good job with the younger players."

Ticket plans for the 2006 season are on sale now and start at just $30, with full-season tickets available for as low as $199. Special ticket rates are available for groups of 20 or more. Season tickets, mini-plans, and group tickets can be purchased by contacting the Dust Devils front office at (509) 544-8789 or at the Dust Devils Stadium box office.

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