Pujols Named Keys Manager

Former Big League Manager Luis Pujols Will Lead Keys in 2014

By Frederick Keys | January 9, 2014 3:37 PM ET

Luis Pujols, 58, has been named manager of the Frederick Keys becoming the 20th manager in Keys history. He takes over for Ryan Minor who guided the club to a 61-78 record in his lone season as manager in 2013.

Pujols spent nine years in the major leagues (1977-85) as a catcher with Houston, Kansas City and Texas. He got into coaching on the staff of the Montreal Expos in 1993 and has worked on staffs in Montreal, Detroit and San Francisco at the big league level. In 2002, Pujols became the interim manager of the Detroit Tigers after manager Phil Garner was fired six games into the season.

He joined the Orioles organization in 2013 as manager of the Class-A Delmarva Shorebirds, leading the Shorebirds to a 54-82 record. Pujols is the cousin of Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim first baseman Albert Pujols.

Joining Pujols on the Keys staff in 2014 are Pitching Coach Kennie Steenstra, Field Coach Torre Tyson, Athletic Trainer Patrick Wesley and Strength Coach Chris Cecere. All return from the Keys 2013 staff.

Steenstra (2009, 2013-14) will be with the Keys for a third season. It is his tenth year in the Orioles organization. Steenstra pitched in 11 minor league seasons (1992-2002), nine in Triple-A, with seven different organizations. He reached the majors briefly pitching in four games with the Chicago Cubs in 1998.

Tyson returns for his second year with the Keys. A former Single-A manager, Tyson spent ten years with the Yankees organization. He is the winningest manager in Charleston Riverdogs history and won a championship as manager of the 2011 Tampa Yankees. Tyson was a career .262 minor league hitter who reached Double-A in his playing days.

Wesley returns after being named Carolina League Trainer of the Year in 2013. 2014 will be his 11th season in the Orioles organization and his sixth with the Frederick Keys. He has worked in Sarasota (2003), Bluefield (2004-05), Aberdeen (2006) and Delmarva (2007-08) prior. He was twice named South Atlantic League Trainer of the year while with Delmarva.

Cecere will return for a third season in Frederick in his fourth year in the Orioles organization. After working with Staten Island of the New York Yankees system in the New York Penn League in 2010, Cecere joined the Orioles as the Strength Coach for the Rookie-Gulf Coast Orioles in 2011.

Opening Day is Tuesday, April 8th as the Keys take on the Carolina Mudcats. Contact the Keys Groups Office at 301-815-9900 to purchase season or partial season ticket plans. For more info on ticket plans head to frederickkeys.com.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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