Cougars Announce Field Staff for 2018 Season

Former Major Leaguer to lead Cougars in first year with D-backs organization

By Jacquie Boatman / Kane County Cougars | December 6, 2017 4:42 PM ET

GENEVA, Ill. - The Kane County Cougars, in conjunction with the organization's Major League affiliate Arizona Diamondbacks, have announced the field staff for the 2018 season which will begin on Thursday, April 5 against the Clinton LumberKings at Northwestern Medicine Field in Geneva, Ill.

Blake Lalli has been named the 19th manager in franchise history. This season will be his first as a manager within the D-backs organization having spent the last five seasons playing in the Majors with the Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee Brewers and most recently the Atlanta Braves. He is no stranger to the D-backs affiliate system as he previously spent time with the organization's Triple-A affiliate in Reno from 2014-15.

Lalli's staff includes pitching coach Rich Sauveur, hitting coach Rick Short, coach Jorge Cortes , athletic trainer Kelly Boyce along with strength and conditioning coordinator Scott Shipman.

Sauveur returns to Kane County for his third year with the D-backs and is the only returning member of the Cougars staff for the upcoming season. Short comes to the Cougars for his first season as a hitting coach after spending the last eight years as a scout for the D-backs. A native of nearby Elgin, Ill. he spent three years as a member of the Western Illinois University baseball team before being drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in 1994. Cortes begins his third season in the D-backs organization after spending the 2017 season at Short-Season A Hillsboro.  

Ticket packages for the 2018 season are now on sale including the Cougars Christmas Pack. From now until December 31, purchase the Christmas Pack for just $89 and you'll receive four (4) box seat ticket vouchers valid for any game during the 2018 season, one (1) general lot parking pass, $60 in Cougars cash plus two (2) reserved seat ticket voucher for Opening Night on Thursday, April 5. That's a savings of over 40% which makes it the perfect gift for the baseball fan on your shopping list this holiday season. Visit for more information or to purchase your Christmas Pack today.

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About the Kane County Cougars

The Cougars, Class-A Minor League affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, have been at the forefront of family-friendly entertainment since 1991. In 2015, the franchise became the first Class-A team in Minor League Baseball history to welcome 11 million fans through the gates. A total of 161 former Cougars have reached the Major Leagues including Miguel Cabrera, Nelson Cruz, Josh Beckett, Adrian Gonzalez and Kyle Schwarber.


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