DURHAM, NC - The Durham Bulls today announced Charlie Montoyo will return for his sixth season in Durham and 15th managing in the Rays organization. Pitching coach Neil Allen returns for his second year with the Bulls and sixth season in the Rays organization. Coach Dave Myers starts his fourth year with the Rays organization, all with the Bulls. Mike Sandoval joins the organization as the Bulls athletic trainer.
Montoyo boasts a 405-314 in five seasons with the Bulls, including five division titles, a Governors' Cup Championship and National Title. The Bulls lost in the Governor's Cup playoffs last season losing to the eventual National Champion, Columbus Clippers for the 2nd straight season.
Allen returns to the Bulls after an extremely successful first year. Neil guided top prospects Matt Moore, Alex Cobb and Alex Torres to the Rays in which each made significant contributions in the Rays run to the postseason.
Myers returns for his fourth season after presiding over an offense that produced the International League's MVP for the 2nd consecutive season. This past year it was Russ Canzler and in 2010 it was Dan Johnson.
Sandoval joins the Bulls after spending the previous 25 years in the Pittsburgh Pirates system including the last 10 seasons as assistant athletic trainer with the major league club. He replaces Joe Benge who was promoted to minor league medical training coordinator for the Rays.
The Bulls open the home portion of the 2012 season on Thursday, April 5th against the Gwinnett Braves at 7:05 PM. Season tickets, mini plans and group tickets are on sale now at www.durhambulls.com or by phone at (919) 956-BULL.
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