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Mike Guerrero Named New Sounds Manager

 

Al LaBoeuf Added As Hitting Coach For 2012 Season

Nashville SoundsNashville, TN – Mike Guerrero, a longtime instructor in the Milwaukee Brewers’ minor league system, has been named the Nashville Sounds’ manager for the 2012 season. The announcement was made this afternoon by the Brewers.

Guerrero will be joined on the Nashville bench in 2012 by new hitting coach Al Laboeuf. Both new additions spent last season with Double-A Huntsville.

The remainder of the 2012 Nashville Sounds coaching staff (pitching coach, trainer, and strength & conditioning specialist) will be announced at a later date.

Mike Guerrero

Mike Guerrero

Guerrero and LaBoeuf replace outgoing manager Don Money and hitting coach Sandy Guerrero, who were each promoted to new positions within the Brewers organization.

Money, who led the Sounds to a 223-209 record in his three years as manager, assumes a new role as Special Assistant to Player Development, while Sandy Guerrero, the older brother of Mike Guerrero, will serve as the Brewers’ roving hitting instructor after spending three years in Music City.

Mike Guerrero, 43, becomes the 23rd manager in the Sounds’ 35-year franchise history. The 2012 season will mark Guerrero’s 18th campaign as a professional manager, his 17th as a member of the Brewers organization, and his first at the Triple-A level.

Guerrero comes to Music City from Double-A Huntsville, where he guided the Stars to a combined 131-146 record over the past two seasons. Previously, he spent two years as manager at Advanced-A Brevard County (2008-09), where he led the Manatees to a 145-120 record. For his efforts, Guerrero was named to the 2009 Florida State League postseason All-Star team as a coach.

Guerrero managed two years at Low-A West Virginia from 2006-07, guiding the team to a South Atlantic League-best 48-20 record in the first half of 2007 to earn a playoff berth. The team finished 82-54 overall that year.

He managed the Arizona Brewers from 2004-05 after serving as manager of the Dominican League Brewers from 1996-02. In 2001, Guerrero led the Brewers’ Dominican club to a league title. During the 2003 season, he served as the hitting coach with Low-A Beloit.

His first coaching experience came in 1995 when he managed the Toronto Blue Jays’ Dominican League team. The next season, he joined the Brewers as camp director and Dominican League manager.

Guerrero played nine seasons as a minor league infielder within the Milwaukee Brewers (1987-92, ‘94-95) and Kansas City Royals (1993) farm systems.

LaBoeuf, who served as the hitting coach at Double-A Huntsville in 2010 & 2011, begins his third season in the Brewers organization and his 24th overall year as a minor league manager or coach.

The 51-year-old began his coaching career in 1989, spending 12 seasons in the Phillies organization (1989-2000), including six as a manager between Low-A Batavia (1993-95), Advanced-A Clearwater (1996) and Double-A Reading (1997-98). He guided Batavia to the playoffs in 1995 and led Clearwater to the Florida State League finals in 1996. The following season, he was named Manager of the Year at Reading.

LeBoeuf served as hitting coach at Triple-A Norfolk (2001-04) and as a coach at Advanced-A St. Lucie (2005) in the Mets organization. He spent one season in the Royals organization as hitting coach with

Double-A Wichita (2006) and was with the Blue Jays organization for three seasons as hitting coach at Triple-A Syracuse (2007-08) and as hitting coach at Advanced-A Dunedin (2009) before joining the Brewers organization in 2010.

LeBoeuf was selected by the Phillies in the 28th round of the 1981 draft and spent eight seasons playing in their minor league system from 1981-88.

The Sounds will kick off their 35th season of competition in April 2012.


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