The Batavia Muckdogs have announced their manager and coaching staff for the 2014 season. For the second season in a row, this year's squad will be lead by manager Angel Espada, pitching coach Brendan Sagara and hitting coach Rigoberto Silverio.
The 2014 campaign marks Angel Espada's third year as the manager for the Marlins' short-season Single-A affiliate, second as manager of the Batavia Muckdogs. Espada led the Muckdogs to a 39-36 record in 2013, finishing in third place in the Pinckney Division. Espada spent the 2012 season as the manager of the Jamestown Jammers and the year prior as the hitting coach for the Jammers. Prior to his time with Jamestown, he spent two years working as the hitting coach for the Gulf Coast League Marlins.
Espada was a 42nd-round pick of the Atlanta Braves in the 1994 First-Year Player Draft. In addition to the Braves, he also played in the Mets' and Yankees' systems. His playing career spanned 14 years and he finished with a .305 career batting average over 940 games played.
Brendan Sagara begins his third season as pitching coach for the Marlins' short-season Single-A affiliate. Sagara has served as a pitching coach for 12 seasons with various teams. He broke into the coaching profession with the Dubois County Dragons of the Frontier League in 2001 as the Club's pitching coach. He has also worked for the Braves as a part-time scout (2010-11) and the Mets as an associate scout (2006-09). In 2007, he was named Coach of the Year in Windy City of the Frontier League, while boasting the league's top pitching staff.
Rigoberto Silverio returns for his second campaign as Batavia's hitting coach and his sixth year in the Marlins organization. Prior to 2013, he spent two seasons as a coach for Jupiter. He spent his first three seasons with organization as a coach for the Jamestown Jammers. In his five seasons in the Marlins farm system, the former infielder was a career .243 hitter in 225 games.
Michael Bibbo will serve as the trainer for the 2014 season, his second year with the both the Muckdogs' and Marlins' organizations. Bibbo previously was the interim Head Athletic Trainer at Germantown Friends School in Philadelphia, Pa. Prior to that, he spent four years (August 2007-September '10, September 2011-June '12) as the Assistant Athletic Trainer at Malvern Preparatory School. He spent seven months (February-August 2011) as the Rehabilitation Intern with the Philadelphia Phillies. Bibbo received his Master of Science in Rehabilitation Science from California University of Pennsylvania in 2012 and his bachelor's degree in Athletic Training from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn. in 2007.
The Muckdogs home opener is set for Saturday, June 14th vs. Auburn at 7:05. Season tickets, coupon books and ticket packages are all on sale now. They can be purchased at Dwyer Stadium or by calling (585)343-5454.
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