BOISE, ID - The Boise Hawks, in conjunction with the Chicago Cubs, release the Hawks' 2010 field staff. Former big league catcher, Jody Davis will skipper the Hawks. Davis' tenure marks only the second time Boise has been managed by a former Major Leaguer since Darrel Thomas in the late eighties.
Davis spent the last year as the Cubs minor league catching coordinator.
- Davis was selected by the New York Mets in the third round of MLB's amateur draft in 1976, and made his debut five years later with the Cubs.
- The former catcher who played for Chicago from 1981-1988, batted .245 with 164 doubles, 127 homers and 490 RBI in 1,082 career games for the Cubs and Atlanta (1988-1990).
- In 1984 Davis set a career high with 94 RBI and earned his first All-Star selection as the Cubs won the National League's Eastern Division title.
- Managed the Peoria Chiefs in (2006), the Daytona Cubs in (2007-2008) leading them to a League Championship with a 73-59 record, and the Calgary Outlaws of the Canadian Baseball League leading them to a 24-13 record during the league's only season (2003).
Casey Kopitzke, the Hawks' 2009 Manager, will manage the Single-A Peoria Chiefs in 2010.
Former major league pitcher Jeff Fassero takes over as the Hawks' pitching coach. In his 16-year career Fassero spent time with Montreal (1991-96), Seattle (1997-99), Texas (1999), Boston (2000), the Cubs (2001-02), St. Louis (2002-03), Colorado (2004), Arizona (2004) and San Francisco (2005-06).
Ricardo Medina returns as the hitting coach for the Boise Hawks after holding the same position in Boise last year and coaching in the Dominican Summer League. Ricardo has been a coach, manager or scout for the Cubs organization since 1999.
Aaron Larsen rounds out the Hawks' 2009 field staff as he begins his first season as Boise's athletic trainer.
For a printable version of the 2010 Boise Hawks schedule
The Hawks began Northwest League play as an independent club from 1987-89. The team was affiliated with the Anaheim Angels from 1990-2000 and has been with the Chicago Cubs since 2001.The Hawks are preparing for their 24th season of Northwest League play. The club has won 6 NWL Championships, the most recent banner coming in 2004. Season, mini-pack, bonus books, and group nights for Hawks' games are available at 322-5000.
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