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Five JetHawks earn Cal League awards08/24/2013 5:15 PM ET
By Jason Schwartz / Lancaster JetHawks
LANCASTER, Calif. - The California League announced its postseason awards and all-star team on Friday and five JetHawks received honors including Rodney Linares who was named the Manager of the Year.
Hitting coach Darryl Robinson won the Cal League Coach of the Year award and centerfielder Andrew Aplin, first baseman/designated hitter M.P. Cokinos and third baseman Matt Duffy all earned spots on the postseason all-star team.
Linares becomes the first JetHawks manager to win Manager of the Year since the JetHawks became a Houston Astros affiliate in 2009. After leading the JetHawks to the franchise's first California League title in 2012, Linares has returned to lead an even stronger team in 2013. Heading into today's action, the JetHawks are tied for the league's best record and are en route to winning the South Division second half title after also winning the first half.
Robinson, the longest tenured coach in JetHawks history, earns his first Coach of the Year award in his fifth California League season. The JetHawks hitting coach leads an offense that is on top of all of Minor League Baseball in runs scored. Lancaster leads the California League in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging, walks and various other offensive categories.
Aplin, the league-leader in RBIs, was voted as one of the three outfielders on the postseason all-star team. After playing a big role in the JetHawks late-2012 playoff push and championship-run, the Arizona State alum returned to the JetHawks for 2013 and picked up right where he left off. Aside from holding down the third spot in the Lancaster lineup for most of the season, Aplin has also dazzled with his speed, range and glove in The Hangar's spacious outfield.
Duffy, named the league's postseason all-star third baseman, was batting .323 with a team-leading 19 home runs at the time of his promotion to AA Corpus Christi in early August. Before leaving for the Texas League, the third baseman ranked in the league's top-five in average, RBIs, OBP and slugging.
Cokinos hit his way into a spot in the JetHawks' everyday starting lineup after starting the season as the team's backup catcher. He earned the utility spot on the postseason all-star list. The Texas-native hit .392 in the month of June to propel himself to the top of the league batting average rankings. He led all of Minor League Baseball in RBIs in June and July.
Outfielder George Springer was the lone Lancaster player to earn a spot on the postseason all-star team in 2012.
The award recipients will be honored during an on-field pregame ceremony prior to a game during the JetHawks current and final homestand.
Don't miss a moment of the 2013 season as the JetHawks look to repeat as Cal League Champions. 2013 Cal League postseason tickets and other great ticket packages are on sale now. To order, call (661) 726-5400 or visit jethawks.com.