JACKSON, TENN. (DECEMBER 7, 2012) - Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jack Zduriencik and Director of Player Development Chris Gwynn announced the Jackson Generals coaching staff for the 2013 season.
Jim Pankovits returns for his third season to manage the Generals. He managed Jackson to a 79-61 record, which was the best record in the Southern League in 2012. In his previous two seasons, Pankovits compiled a record of 146-134. Pankovits has recorded 855 wins over his minor league managing career. Prior to joining the Mariners organization, "Pank" spent the previous 16 years working in the Houston Astros Player Development department.
"I'm excited to be going back to Jackson for a third season!" Pankovits exclaimed. "It is a great place to develop talent and I have truly enjoyed my time there! With the success of the Mariners minour league organization last year, I would expect that we will have another strong club in 2013, and hopefully take that next step to winning a Southern League Championship."
Coming back for his third season, Pankovits becomes the second-longest tenured Jackson manager. Bobby Dickerson managed in Jackson from 2002-2005 while Jackson was affiliated with the Chicago Cubs. Pankovits ranks third in franchise history with 147 managerial wins.
|Bobby Dickerson ('02-'05, CHC)
|Dave Trembley ('98-'99, CHC)
|Jim Pankovits ('11-current, SEA)
|Dave Bialas ('00-'01, CHC)
|Pat Listach ('06, SEA)
|Tim Laker ('10, SEA)
|Scott Steinmann ('08, SEA)
|Phil Plantier ('09, SEA)
|Eddie Rodriguez ('07, SEA)
Terry Clark will begin his first season in the Mariners organization as the Generals pitching coach. He spent the last seven seasons as a pitching coach in the Texas Rangers organization, including the past two years with Triple-A Round Rock. Clark played professional baseball for 20 years and spent parts of six seasons in the Major Leagues.
Cory Snyder returns for his third season as hitting coach. Snyder played in the Major Leagues from 1986 to 1994 with Cleveland, Chicago, Toronto, San Francisco, and Los Angeles Dodgers...prior to his pro-career, was a three-time All-American for BYU. In 1984, he was on the first Olympic Baseball team for the United States, which earned a Silver Medal.
Athletic trainer Eduardo Tamez returns for his second season, and performance coach Will Lindholm joins the Jackson staff for his first season.
2013 season tickets can be purchased at the Generals Box Office at the Ballpark, online at jacksongeneralsbaseball.com or by calling 731.988.5299.
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