SPOKANE, Wash. - The Texas Rangers have announced the 2014 coaching staffs for each of their minor league affiliates, including the managerial staff of the Spokane Indians led by returning manager Tim Hulett. Joining Hulett will be Pitching Coach, and former Spokane Indians starting pitcher, Jose Jaimes, Trainer Zach Jones and returning Strength and Conditioning Coach Ed Yong. The team's hitting coach will be announced at a later date.
Hulett will return to the team as Manager for the eighth consecutive season. The Shreveport, La., resident is the longest tenured manager in the 110-year history of the Indians. He was originally named manager of the Indians in 2007, and quickly impressed by leading the team to the Northwest League title the following year, 2008. In 2010, with highly-touted Texas Rangers prospects such as Jurickson Profar and Mike Olt, Hulett led the Indians back to the Championship round for a runner-up finish.
Jaimes is returning to the Spokane Indians for the third time, with the first two coming as a 17- and 18-year-old pitcher. Between the 2007 and 2008 seasons, Jaimes compiled a 5-2 record with a 3.75 ERA in 55.1 innings. The Venezuelan began coaching career in '08, when he was assigned to the Arizona Rookie League Rangers. He has spent time coaching in the Dominican Summer League as well. This will be his sixth season within the organization.
Yong begins his sixth season with the Spokane Indians. His resume includes time with the Chinese Olympic Baseball Team and the Arizona Diamondbacks organization. He earned a B.S. from Arizona State University in 2000, and later received a master's degree in health sciences from A.T. Still University at Arizona in 2008. He has certifications from both the National Strength and Conditioning Association and the National Academy of Sports Medicine.
Jones was the trainer for the AZL Rangers last season.
Three members of the 2013 field staff - Oscar Marin (pitching), Bobby Rose (hitting) and Sean Fields (trainer) - have been promoted to the Hickory Crawdads, Texas' Low Class-A squad, for 2014.
The Spokane Indians open the 2014 regular season on Friday, June 13th at Avista Stadium against the Eugene Emeralds.
The Spokane Indians would like to thank all of our fans for their support during the record-setting 2013 season. The Indians are the Short Season Class "A" affiliate for the Texas Rangers. Ticket packages are on sale now for the 2014 season, and start as low as $63. Click here for the 2014 schedule. Reserve your seats today by calling the Avista Stadium Ticket Office at (509) 343-OTTO (6886).
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