DURHAM, NC - The Durham Bulls today announce Charlie Montoyo will return for his seventh season in Durham and 16th managing in the Tampa Bay Rays organization. Pitching Coach Neil Allen, Hitting Coach Dave Myers and Athletic Trainer Mike Sandoval will all return to the Bulls bench in 2013.
Montoyo, 48, boasts a 471-392 (.546) record in six seasons with the Bulls, including five division titles, a Governors' Cup Championship and Triple-A National Title (2009). Just 29 victories short of 500 in his tenure as Durham's skipper, the native Puerto Rican trails only International League Hall of Famer Bill Evers (613) in career wins as Bulls manager.
A veteran of 11 Major League seasons during his own pitching career, Allen returns to the Bulls for his third campaign. The 54-year old Kansas native has guided an impressive crop of Durham hurlers, including Matt Moore, Alex Cobb and Chris Archer, to their Tampa Bay Rays debuts.
Myers, 52, begins his fifth season presiding over the Bulls offense. Prior to becoming a part of the Rays organization, the Temple University alum spent 26 seasons in the Mariners system including four years (2001-04) as third base and infield coach at the Major League level. Sandoval rejoins the Bulls for his second campaign after spending 25 years in the Pittsburgh Pirates system, including 10 seasons as assistant athletic trainer with the major league club.
The Durham Bulls begin the 2013 International League season on the road before returning to the Durham Bulls Athletic Park on April 8th for their home opener against the Gwinnett Braves. The "Wil He, Won't He?" 3 Game Ticket Pack, 9-Game Mini Plans, season tickets, and group outings are on sale now at durhambulls.com, the DBAP ticket office, or by phone at 919.956.BULL.