The New York Yankees Triple-A affiliate, the Scranton-Wilkes Barre Railriders, have officially announced their staff for 2014. Leading the staff is manager Dave Miley, the Joe Torre of the minor leagues. Miley has 2041 career wins throughout his managerial tenure, including a brief stay with the Cincinnati Reds during the Ken Griffey Jr. days. Former Yankees catcher and All-Star Butch Wynegar returns as the hitting coach, a duty he has fulfilled for the last few years. Scott Aldred, a 9-year big league veteran, will be the pitching coach. For the training staff, strength and conditioning coach Lee Tressel (not the former Division III football coach) and athletic trainer Darren London will once again help players prevent and heal from injuries.
But the real news is the promotion of Luis Sojo to the staff. The former Yankees’ second baseman and shortstop who contributed to three World Series championships in the 90’s. Previously the manager for High-A Tampa, Sojo has managed intermittently since 2002, but carries major league experience and leadership despite abandoning the title of “manager.” Sojo’s predecessor, Frank Menechino, accepted the Miami Marlins’ hitting coach position. We wish him the best.
The RailRiders have a solid coaching staff, many of whom have achieved multiple minor league coaching awards. Everyone on the staff is experienced and seem poised to help teach and instruct a new crop of prospects. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s first game will be on April 3rd against the Syracuse Chiefs, and the first home game on April 10th versus the Chiefs again at PNC Field. After a shaky season in 2013 (68-76 record), Miley and his team will try to redirect the team towards its sixth 80 win season since 2007.