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Miley returns for 5th season as manager12/15/2010 4:17 PM ET
MOOSIC, PA - The New York Yankees have announced the 2011 Triple-A field staff for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees and all but one member of the 2010 staff returns to PNC Field to lead the Yankees to their fifth straight International League North division title.
Dave Miley, who led the Yankees to the 2008 Governors' Cup championship as well as four consecutive playoff appearances, returns as manager along with hitting coach Butch Wynegar, pitching coach Scott Aldred, athletic trainer Darren London and strength and conditioning coach Lee Tressel.
The newcomer to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre staff is coach Frank Menechino who replaces Aaron Ledesma in the position he held for the last two seasons.
Miley, who won his 1,500th career minor league game in the 2010 season, enters his sixth season guiding the Yankees' Triple-A club, the first with the Columbus Clippers (2006) and the previous four with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Prior to joining the Yankees, Miley spent 26 seasons in the Cincinnati Reds' organization, including three seasons (2003-2005) as the big league manager in Cincinnati.
"As a group Dave and his staff have done a really great job negotiating their way through the ups and downs of a season with roster moves and all of the other things that you run into," said New York Yankees Senior VP of Baseball Operations Mark Newman. "They are all great coaches and great teachers who understand our system and our organization's philosophies."
Under Miley's guidance, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre has posted the best record (340-231) in the International League over the past four seasons, winning four consecutive North Division titles including winning the Governors' Cup as league champions in 2008 and an appearance in the Governors' Cup finals in 2009. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre posted an 87-56 record in 2010, losing in the opening round of the Governors' Cup Playoffs to eventual IL Champion Columbus.
As a franchise, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre has won the North five straight seasons, an accomplishment unmatched by any team in IL history. With Miley at the helm, the Yankees have had the IL's best record in 2007 and 2008, had the third best record in the 14 team league in 2009 and finished with the second best mark in 2010. Louisville is the closest team record wise to SWB in the IL since 2007 and is 16.0 games behind the Yankees over that stretch.
"Coming back to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 2011 is going to be great," said Miley. "We're looking to get back to the championship round in the Governors' Cup Playoffs and see if we can bring another championship home. Having Butch (Wynegar) and Scott (Aldred) back again makes my job so much easier and I'm looking forward to working with Frank Menechino this season. He did a great job as Trenton's hitting coach the last two years."
2011 will be Miley's 11th season in the International League, where he has posted a record of 853-685 (.554). In five seasons as skipper of the Yankees top farm club, Miley's record is 409-304 (.574). Miley also spent six seasons in the IL from 1998 through 2003 with Indianapolis and Louisville. In four seasons at Louisville, he went 296-245 (.547) and in 2001 he guided Louisville to its first Governors' Cup Championship over the former Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons.
In his minor league managerial career which spans 18 seasons, Miley has an overall record of 1,524-1145 (.571) with an impressive 17 winning seasons. As a player, he was signed by the Reds in 1980 and spent seven seasons as a minor league catcher batting .238 with 16 HR and 172 RBI.
HITTING COACH - BUTCH WYNEGAR
As a player, the two-time American League All-Star played 13 seasons in the Majors with the Twins, Yankees and Angels in 1,301 major league games compiling a .255 average with 65 HR and 506 RBI. In 1976 he was named The Sporting News American League Rookie of the Year and became the youngest player at the time to appear in an All-Star Game (20 years, 212 days). While with the Yankees he caught Dave Righetti's no-hitter on July 4, 1983 and Phil Niekro's 300th victory October 1, 1985.
PITCHING COACH - SCOTT ALDRED
Originally drafted and signed by the Detroit Tigers in 1987, he made his Major League debut with the Tigers in 1990. Aldred appeared in 229 games over an 11-year Major League career, posting a 20-39 record with a 6.02 ERA with six different teams (Detroit, 1990-92, '96; Colorado, 1993; Montreal, 1993; Minnesota, 1996-97; Tampa Bay, 1998-99; Philadelphia, 1999-2000).
COACH - FRANK MENECHINO
The infielder also spent time in the Cincinnati (2006), NY Yankees (2006), Colorado (2007) and San Diego (2007) organizations. He played for team Italy in the 2006 World Baseball Classic and played in the Italian Baseball League in 2008.
ATHLETIC TRAINER - DARREN LONDON
STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING COACH - LEE TRESSEL