(Eastlake, OH) - The Lake County Captains and the Cleveland Indians announced the 2017 Captains field staff today which is led by first-time Manager and former Captains Hitting Coach, Larry Day. Day's coaching staff will consist of Hitting Coach Justin Toole, Bench Coach Junior Betances and Athletic Trainer Matthew Beauregard. The Captains Pitching Coach and Strength and Conditioning Coach will both be announced at a later date.
Day, 31, becomes the Captains' 12th field manager. He served as the Captains hitting coach in 2015 and is starting his third season in the Indians organization. Day spent last season in High-A Lynchburg. Before his organizational debut with the Captains in 2015, Day assisted at Ohio University in 2014 where he served as the recruiting coordinator and coached pitchers, catchers and hitters. Day spent six seasons from 2008-2013 at Vanderbilt University as the first base coach for the Commodores. While at Vanderbilt, Day coached in five NCAA Regionals, three NCAA Super Regionals and one NCAA College World Series. As a player, Day was drafted by the New York Yankees in 2007. In 2008, Day played for the Charleston River Dogs of the South Atlantic League. Day will be in attendance for the 15th Annual Hot Stove Dinner on January 26.
Toole, 30, takes over the Hitting Coach duties from Kevin Howard. Toole played seven seasons of Minor League Baseball. All seven seasons were in the Indians organization. Last season, Toole was the Hitting Coach in Mahoning Valley. Toole may be best known for his rare feat that happened on August 25, 2012. That evening, as a member of Cleveland's Advanced A-Affiliate, the Carolina Mudcats, Toole played all nine positions in one game. Toole wrote a book about the feat titled "9 in 9" which describes the rare feat and the life lessons learned from playing each position in baseball. Toole went to Iowa University and holds the school record for the longest hitting streak at 25 games.
Betances, 43, will be the Bench Coach with the Captains in 2017, his second consecutive in Lake County. Betances will continue his career with the Indians organization that has spanned over 20 years as a coach, player or executive. Junior was the Manager of the DSL Indians from 2002-2005. He was the Hitting Coach in the Arizona League in 2015.
Beauregard returns to the Captains for his fourth season and seventh in the Cleveland Indians organization as an Athletic Trainer. Previously, he spent three seasons as the Athletic Trainer for the Mahoning Valley Scrappers of the New York Penn League. Prior to the Indians, Beauregard was a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer for the University of Alabama at Birmingham baseball team, where he received a M.S. degree in Exercise Physiology in 2010. A Center Point, Iowa native, Beauregard graduated from Iowa State University (Ames, IA) in 2007, with a B.S. in Athletic Training. During the offseason, Matthew resides in Arizona and assists with offseason rehabilitation programs at the Cleveland Indians Player Development Complex.
The Captains open the 2017 season on April 8 at Classic Park against the Dayton Dragons. Affordable ticket packages are available for purchase now and more information may be found at CaptainsBaseball.com.