Do you recognize the guy in the picture above? Yes, that is an old picture of 12 year MLB veteran Delino Deshields. And he will lead the charge as the manager of the Surprise Saguaros this season in the Arizona Fall League. But, if you add all the years of MLB experience by the coaches in this years Arizona Fall League, it would be a whopping 107 years!
Besides former infielder Delino Deshields, 8 time All-Star Lance Parrish will bring his 18 years of playing knowledge as he manages another AFL team. If that was not enough for you how about another player as a manager with an impressive career as a MLB infielder in Mike Mordecai. Former 7 year veteran MLB catcher Vance Wilson will also manage a team in the AFL. And the final 2 managerial spots are occupied by Andy Haines, and Jeff Banister.
Along with the managers all six teams also announced their hitting and pitching coaches. Lance Parrish will have the Brewer’s Chris Hook be his pitching coach and Alan Mills from the Orioles for his hitting coach as well as Andy Tomberlin from the White Sox. Deshields will have two-time All Star Jody Davis as his hitting coach. He also will have two pitching coaches, Jeff Andrews from the Rangers and Andrew Lorraine from Seattle. Mordecai’s hitting coach will be Jeff Sparks of the Oakland organization with two hitting coaches in Ron Villone and Matt Wise. For Wilson his pitching coaches will be R.C. Lichtenstein and Jason Simontacchi and Gary Ingram as hitting coach. Haines’ team will feature Josh Miller of the Astros as pitching coach and Kevin Riggs will be the hitting coach from the Rockies organization. Finally, the team managed by Bannister will have two pitching coaches, Ray Burris and Mike Couchee and one hitting coach, P.J. Pilittre.
The Arizona Fall League will kick-off on Saturday October 4th with the Bowman Hitting Challenge with opening day on Tuesday October 7th. The 2014 season will conclude on Saturday November 15th with the Championship game. Keep checking back at baseballbabble.com for further information about the Arizona Fall League.