2019 Las Vegas Aviators Triple-A Field Staff
Fran Riordan - Manager
BORN: 8/25/75 - Virginia Beach, VA
AVIATORS SUMMARY: Fran Riordan, on November 8, 2018, was named the 25th manager in the history of the Las Vegas franchise (1983 - present, 37 seasons).
CAREER SUMMARY: **Named 2019 PCL Manager of the Year on August 27** - He has recorded 19 seasons overall in professional baseball and has been a member of the Oakland Athletics organization for the past five seasons (2015-19). Riordan has compiled an overall managerial record over 19 regular seasons of 1,024-982 (.510). In 2019, he led Triple-A Las Vegas to the second-best record in the 16-team PCL (83-57, .593) and the Aviators captured the Pacific Southern Division Championship. In 2018, he made his Triple-A debut as manager with the Nashville Sounds of the Pacific Coast League and compiled an overall record of 72-68 (.514) and finished in second place in the American Southern Division to the PCL and Triple-A National Champion, the Memphis Redbirds. Nashville compiled a PCL-best 15-game winning streak from July 29 - August 14.
In 2017, he compiled a record of 67-71 (.486) with Double-A Midland and his squad captured the Texas League Championship. The prior two seasons, he was the skipper of Single-A Beloit of the Midwest League (2015-16). Before joining the Oakland organization, Riordan spent four seasons as manager of the Florence Freedom of the Frontier League (2011-14). He led the team to two playoff berths and is the all-time Frontier League leader in wins with 625. He was a 2014 Frontier League Hall of Fame inductee. Prior to his time with Florence, he managed the Northern League's Lake County Fielders (2010) and Kalamazoo Kings for six seasons (2004-09), leading the Kings to the 2005 Frontier League title. He was named the 2008 Frontier League Manager of the Year. He also served as player-manager in the Frontier League from 2000-02, leading the Richmond Roosters to back-to-back-league championships in 2001 and 2002.
PROFESSIONAL PLAYING CAREER: The first baseman/outfielder played seven seasons of professional baseball in the Frontier League with Richmond (1997-98, 2001-02), Dubois County (1999-2000) and North Shore (2003). He appeared in 501 career games and batted .281 (525-for-1,869) with 95 doubles, 11 triples, 55 home runs and 349 RBI. He was a three-time All-Star (first base) from 2000-02 and hit a career-high .314 with Dubois County (2000) and Richmond (2002). He established career-highs in home runs (14, 2001) and RBI (81, 2002).
PERSONAL: Francis Peter Riordan (pronounced REAR-den). Fran, 44, resides in Buffalo, N.Y. The Virginia Beach, Virginia native attended Canisius High School in Buffalo and played college baseball at Allegheny College in Pennslyvania. Fran and his wife, Cassie, have three children: Brooke, Sadie and Trent.
Eric Martins - Hitting Coach
BORN: 11/19/72 - East Los Angeles, CA
CAREER SUMMARY: Martins completed his fifth season overall as a hitting coach in the Oakland Athletics organization. He spent three seasons as hitting coach for Triple-A Nashville (2016-18) of the Pacific Coast League and Las Vegas (2019).
MINOR LEAGUE COACHING CAREER: He has spent five seasons in the A's organization as hitting coach (three seasons with Triple-A Nashville, 2016-18; one with Las Vegas, 2019) and one season with Double-A Midland of the Texas League (2015).
A's SCOUT: From 2007-14, he served as an A's scout and was responsible for signing A.J. Griffin, Daniel Robertson and 2014 first-round selection Matt Chapman, among others.
PROFESSIONAL PLAYING CAREER: He was selected by Oakland in the 17th round of the June 1994 First-Year Player Draft. He played professionally for 11 seasons, including parts of four seasons with the A's Triple-A affiliates. He was a part of the 1997 Edmonton team that captured the Pacific Coast League Championship and the 1999 Vancouver team that won the Triple-A World Series in Las Vegas. He appeared in 661 career games and batted .276 (638-for-2,314) with 125 doubles, 22 triples, 21 home runs and 262 RBI.
COLLEGE: He attended Long Beach State University for two seasons (1993-94). He appeared in 119 games and batted .303 (135-for-445) with 14 doubles, 8 triples, two home runs and 77 RBI.
PERSONAL: Anthony Eric Martins. The East Los Angeles, California native graduated from La Serna in Whittier. Eric, 46, resides in Mesa, Arizona with his wife, Madison. Martins has run the A's Scoutball Team for the past eight fall seasons and has also served on the staff of the Southern California Area Code Game team.
Rick Rodriguez - Pitching Coach
BORN: 9/21/60 - Oakland, CA
CAREER SUMMARY: Rodriguez has enjoyed a long-time professional career and completed his 35th year in the Oakland Athletics organization (in 2019), including seven seasons as a player and 26 as a minor league coach. In 2019, he also completed his fourth straight season as pitching coach for the A's Triple-A affiliate (Nashville, 2016-18; Las Vegas, 2019). He served as the A's bullpen coach from 2011-12.
MINOR LEAGUE COACHING CAREER: Rodriguez returned for his fourth season (2016 - present) of his fourth stint as pitching coach of the A's top affiliate after previously serving in that capacity from 2000-02, 2004-10 and 2013-14 (Triple-A Sacramento's pitching coach in 12 of the previous 20 seasons, 2000-19). He was a member of two Pacific Coast League championship teams in 2004 and 2007. He also served as pitching coach for Single-A Stockton of the California League in 2015, as the A's bullpen coach from 2011-12 and as the manager of Single-A Modesto in 2003. Prior to becoming pitching coach for Sacramento in 2000, he coached for rookie-level Arizona League A's (1992), Short-Season Southern Oregon (1993-94) and Single-A Modesto (1995-99).
MAJOR LEAGUE PLAYING CAREER: He was selected by Oakland in the second round of the June 1981 First-Year Player Draft. He played four seasons in the Major Leagues with Oakland (1986-87), Cleveland (1988) and San Francisco (1990). The right-hander appeared in 31 career games (started eight) and posted a 3-4 record with a 5.73 ERA. He struck out 22 batters in 77.0 innings pitched. His playing career concluded in 1991 when he made three appearances for Triple-A Phoenix in the Giants organization. He appeared in 190 career minor league games (started 134) and posted a 52-41 record with a 3.89 ERA. He struck out 495 batters in 942.2 innings pitched.
PERSONAL: Rick Rodriguez. The East Bay, California native was born in Oakland and graduated from Castro Valley High School in 1978. He attended Chabot Junior College in Hayward and the University of California, Riverside (1981, 11-3 record) and was named to the Castro Valley Sports Hall of Fame in 2011. Rick, 58, resides in Folsom, Calif., with his wife, Dana, and have two children: Rachel and Ryan.
Craig Conklin - Coach
Craig joined (in 2019) the Triple-A Las Vegas coaching staff after serving the Oakland A's organization as the Southern California area scout for the previous four seasons.
In four seasons with the A's, Conklin signed players Kyle Friedrichs, Evan Manarino, Luke Persico and Sam Sheehan while also serving as coach in the instructional league, extended spring training and with Single-A Beloit in 2016 and Single-A Stockton in 2018.
Prior to joining the A's, he worked for the MLB Scouting Bureau from 1999-2015. He worked several roles with the bureau, serving as an area scout in Southern & Northern California, covering Mexico and Australia internationally and as an advanced scout for the World Baseball Classic. The Southern California native splits his time between Malibu and Cayucos in the offseason.
Brad LaRosa - Athletic Trainer
Brad completed his 12th season as athletic trainer for the Oakland Athletics' top minor league affiliate. He previously spent five seasons as an athletic trainer at the Double-A level (three years with the St. Louis Cardinals organization from 2005-07, two years with the Florida Marlins from 2003-04).
**2019 PCL Athletic Trainer of the Year** (selected by the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS) - third time recipient!
LaRosa was named Pacific Coast League Athletic Trainer of the Year for the second time in 2016 (also in 2012). He was named Texas League Athletic Trainer of the Year in 2006 and 2007, while taking home Professional Baseball Athletics Trainers Society (PBATS) Minor League Athletic Trainer of the year in 2007. He also worked the Futures Game in 2008.
He is a certified member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) and the Illinois Athletics Trainers Association. He is licensed in Illinois and Missouri. LaRosa obtained his bachelor's and master's degrees in kinesiology at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. LaRosa and his wife, Denise, have two daughters, Lydia and Emma, and reside in Illinois.
Henry Torres - Strength & Conditoning Coach
Henry completed his sixth season in the Oakland Athletics organization as a minor league strength and conditioning coach. He also completed his third season on the staff on the Triple-A level (Nashville, 2017-18; Las Vegas, 2019). He spent the 2016 season in the same capacity with the Double-A Midland of the Texas League; 2015 with Advanced-Single-A Stockton of the California League and 2014 with Short-season Vermont of the New York-Penn League.
Prior to joining the A's, Torres began his professional career in 2013 as the strength and conditioning coach with the Short-season Idaho Falls Chukars in the Kansas City Royals organization.
A native of San Antonio, Torres earned his bachelor's degree in kinesiology from the University of Texas-San Antonio and is a certified member of the National Strength Coaches Association (NSCA) with the title of Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach (RSCC).
He currently resides in Alvin, Texas with his wife, Rudi Ann Cantu-Torres.