San Antonio - The San Antonio Missions in conjunction with the Milwaukee Brewers announced today their field staff for the 2020 season. Rick Sweet returns for his second season as the Missions manager. He will be joined on staff by Hitting Coach Al LeBoeuf, Pitching Coach Jim Henderson, Coach Ned
San Antonio - The San Antonio Missions in conjunction with the Milwaukee Brewers announced today their field staff for the 2020 season. Rick Sweet returns for his second season as the Missions manager. He will be joined on staff by Hitting Coach Al LeBoeuf, Pitching Coach Jim Henderson, Coach Ned Yost IV, Athletic Trainer Lanning Tucker, and Strength and Conditioning Specialist Andrew Emmick.
"We are thrilled to have Rick Sweet back for another year as our manager in San Antonio," said Missions President Burl Yarbrough. "Our team had a tremendous season in 2019 with Sweet in the dugout and we look forward to seeing him and the team build on its success from a year ago."
Sweet, 67, enters his seventh season with the Milwaukee organization and 21st overall at the Triple-A level. In 30 seasons as a manager he has compiled 2,031 wins, which is 11th all-time in Minor League Baseball and second-most among active managers.
Prior to joining the Milwaukee organization in 2014, Sweet spent the previous nine seasons in the Cincinnati Reds organization as the manager of Triple-A Louisville (2005-11) and as the Reds' catching coordinator (2012-13). He is a three-time Triple-A All-Star Game manager, twice as manager of the Pacific Coast League All-Stars and once in the International League dugout.
The Longview, Washington native had a nine-year playing career, which included three seasons in the majors with the San Diego Padres (1978), New York Mets (1982), and Seattle Mariners (1982-83).
LeBoeuf, 59, returns as the Missions hitting coach in 2020 in what will be his 33rd season as a coach in MiLB and 11th in the Milwaukee organization. Under his tutelage in 2019, the Missions set a new franchise single-season home run record by belting 195 over the fence. In addition, catcher/first baseman David Freitas captured the Pacific Coast League batting title by posting a .381 average. LeBoeuf brings additional managerial experience to Sweet's staff having managed for six years (1993-98) in the Philadelphia Phillies organization.
He played eight minor league seasons with the Phillies after being drafted by them in the 28th round of the 1981 MLB Draft out of Eastern Connecticut State University.
Henderson, 37, has been tabbed as the Missions pitching coach and has spent the last two seasons as a coach in the Brewers organization after a 14-year playing career. He served as the bullpen coach for rookie-level Helena in 2018 while assisting in the scouting department. In 2019 the Calgary, Alberta native was the pitching coach for Single-A Wisconsin and helped guide the Timber Rattlers' pitching staff to 1,215 strikeouts, which were good for fifth in the 16-team Midwest League.
Henderson was originally drafted by the Montreal Expos in the 26th round of the 2003 MLB Draft out of Tennessee Wesleyan University. Prior to attending Tennessee Wesleyan he played three seasons at Midland (TX) College.
Yost IV, 37, will once again serve as a coach for the Missions in 2020 in what will be his 13th season as a coach with the Brewers organization. He played in the Milwaukee farm system for three seasons (2005-07) and has been a coach for the last 12. 2020 will be his fourth season at Triple-A after spending two seasons with Colorado Springs (2017-18) and 2019 in the Alamo City.
Tucker, 53, begins his first season as an athletic trainer in the Milwaukee organization and 27th in professional baseball. Tucker brings a wealth of experience to the Missions, having spent 26 seasons as an athletic trainer in the Minnesota Twins organization including five with the major league club. Most recently Tucker has been the head athletic trainer/sports medicine director at Saint Mary's University in San Antonio. Tucker is a San Antonio native and graduated from John Jay High School.
Emmick, 38, rounds out the Missions staff as the strength and conditioning specialist. 2020 will be his second with the Missions, 12th season with the Brewers, and 11th at the Triple-A level including Nashville (2010-14) and Colorado Springs (2015-18). He served in the same role in 2009 with Double-A Huntsville. Prior to joining the Brewers, Emmick spent three seasons in the Los Angeles Angels organization as a strength and conditioning coach with Single-A Cedar Rapids (2006), short-season Tempe (2007), and Triple-A Salt Lake (2008). In addition to his work in MiLB, he has worked at Athletic Edge Sports since 2009 as a training specialist for the NFL Scouting Combine and MLB preparation.
The 119th season of baseball in San Antonio begins Thursday, April 9, 2020 as the Missions begin their second season as a member of the Pacific Coast League and take on the Oklahoma City Dodgers at Nelson Wolff Stadium. Season ticket memberships are available now by calling 210-675-PARK (7275).