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2019 Appalachian League Field Managers

Luis Hurtado is in his first season as manager of the Bluefield Blue Jays. He was signed as a non-drafted free agent by the Blue Jays on September 21st, 2005. He was a catcher in the Blue Jays organization from 2006-2012, playing his last season with Las Vegas 51s in the Pacific Coast League. He has been coaching in the Dominican Summer League for the Blue Jays organization since 2013.

Kieran Mattison is in his first year with the Bristol Pirates and his fourth as a member of the Pittsburgh system. Mattison began his career in professional baseball in 2002. The right-handed pitcher spent time with the Royals, Indians and Dodgers organizations. In 2013, he served as coach of the French National Baseball Team. Mattison spent 2016 as a coach with the Gulf Coast League Pirates before being named the Dominican Summer League Pirates manager in 2017. In 2018, Mattison managed the West Virginia Black Bears.

Chris Widger is in his first year as manager of the Burlington Royals. He spent 10-years in the majors, with six clubs as a catcher. The 3rd round pick of the 1992 draft, has a World Series ring from 2005 with the Chicago White Sox. In 2016 he became the bench coach of the Wilmington Blue Rocks. Widger spent the last three seasons with the Blue Rocks.

Anthony Nuñez is in his first season as manager of the Danville Braves. He spent the 2018 season as a coach on the Rome Braves staff. Nuñez played for the D-Braves in 2013 and was a coach with Danville in 2016. As a player, Nuñez spent seven seasons in the Braves system. 

Ray Smith is in his 33rd season on staff for the Elizabethton Twins (26th as manager). He has a career managerial record of 1,015-667 (.603) with 14 first place finishes in 24 seasons. He has won 9 league championships as manager of the team. In his playing career, Smith played three seasons in the Major Leagues with the Minnesota Twins from 1981-1983.

Gookie Dawkins is in his second season as manager of the Greeneville Reds. Dawkins served as a Hitting Coach for Pensacola, Daytona, and the Arizona League Reds. Dawkins played in four Major League seasons, three with the Cincinnati Reds and one with the Kansas City Royals.

Roberto Espinoza is in his third season as manager of the Johnson City Cardinals. Espinoza served as a coach or player for the Cardinals for 13 years. Roberto Espinoza spent 6 years with the Cardinals as a catcher throughout the minor league ranks. He played one year with Johnson City in 2007.

Rich Donnelly is in his first year managing the Kingsport Mets and his fifth season in the New York Mets organization. He spent 2011-2013 as manager of the Brooklyn Cyclones. He served as a major league coach for 29 seasons, with the Mariners, Dodgers, Brewers, Rockies, Pirates, Rangers and most notably the Marlins where he won a World Series Championship in 1997. 

Danny Sheaffer is in his 7th season as manager of the Princeton Rays. He was a Major League catcher for 7 years with the Red Sox, Indians, Rockies, and Cardinals. Prior to managing for the Princeton Rays, Sheaffer was manager of the Memphis Redbirds and the Round Rock Express. He also previously worked as a catching coordinator for the Houston Astros.

Luis Dorante is in his eighth season in the Yankees' organization and second at the helm of the Pulaski Yankees. He was named the 2017 Appalachian League Manager of the Year during his first stint in Pulaski. He spent the 2018 season as the bullpen coach for the Trenton Thunder, where he previously served as pitching coach for the 2012 and 2013 seasons. Dorante was manager of the Charleston RiverDogs from 2014-2016. Dorante played six minor-league seasons in the Boston Red Sox organization.