SALT LAKE CITY (November 18, 2015) - The Los Angeles Angels announced today that former Salt Lake manager and player Keith Johnson will return as the manager of the Salt Lake Bees for the 2016 season.
"We are excited to have Keith back as our manager," Bees General Manager Marc Amicone said. "KJ is a great baseball mind, developer of talent and is a tremendous asset to the Bees and the Angels. With the roots he has in Salt Lake he is also a great asset to our community."
Johnson, the 2013 Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year, spent 2011-2014 as Salt Lake's manager, compiling a 273-303 (.474) record with a trip to the PCL Finals in 2013. In 2015, Johnson served as a roving infield instructor and Major League player information coach for the Angels.
Prior to Salt Lake, Johnson served a two-year managerial stint with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga (2009-10) and one season as manager of Single-A Cedar Rapids (2008), both in the Angels organization. Johnson enjoyed a 12-year professional playing career including organizational stints with the Los Angeles Dodgers (1992-1998, 2001), Arizona Diamondbacks (1999) and Anaheim Angels (2000, 2002-2003). The former infielder played for Salt Lake from 2002-2003, hitting .283 over 215 career games. Johnson is a native of Hanford, California, and currently resides in Salt Lake City with his wife, Malena. The couple have four children Maya, Korey, Jeromy and Kodee.
"It is great to be back," Johnson said. "Salt Lake is home for me which gives me a chance to spend more time with my family. It also gets me back to managing and preparing players to contribute at the Major League level."
Johnson and the Bees will play their first game of the 2016 season on Tuesday, March 22, in a split-squad Spring Training exhibition against the Los Angeles Angels at Smith's Ballpark. The team will start the PCL regular season on Thursday, April 7, at home against the Sacramento River Cats. Holiday ticket packages for the 2016 season are on sale now at www.slbees.com or 801-325-BEES (2337).
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