RENO, Nev. — After guiding the Reno Aces to the third-best record in the Pacific Coast League in 2009, Manager Brett Butler will return to the Aces for the 2010 season, the Arizona Diamondbacks announced on Wednesday.
Butler will once again be flanked on the Aces bench by Hitting Coach Rick Burleson and Pitching Coach Mike Parrott. Athletic Trainer James Ready is slated to return to Reno for his second-straight season, while Josh Cuffe has been named the Aces’ strength and conditioning coach, replacing Brian Melton.
In 2009, Reno’s inaugural season, the Aces finished with a 79-64 mark, good for second place in the PCL’s Pacific Southern Division.
The 2010 season marks Butler’s sixth in the Diamondbacks organization and his fourth as a manager in the D-backs chain. A veteran of 17 Major League seasons, Butler helped lead the San Francisco Giants to the 1989 National League pennant, and later he was a National League All-Star in 1991 as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Burleson spent 13 seasons in the Major Leagues and is widely regarded as one of the greatest shortstops in Boston Red Sox history. The fifth overall pick in the 1970 draft, Burleson was a four-time American League All-Star and has a Rawlings Gold Glove Award and a Hillerich & Bradsby Silver Slugger Award to his credit. In 2002, he was elected to the Red Sox Hall of Fame.
Parrott was a first-round selection of the Baltimore Orioles in 1973 and would go on to spend five seasons in the big leagues. In 1979, Parrott ranked 10th in the American League with 13 complete games on his way to being named Seattle Mariners Pitcher of the Year.
Ready continues his quick rise through the Diamondbacks chain with his second-straight Triple-A assignment. Prior to joining the Aces, Ready climbed the ladder from Single-A Visalia to Double-A Mobile, coupled with a stint with the Phoenix Desert Dogs of the Arizona Fall League.
Cuffe, the lone newcomer on the Aces staff for 2010, will make his Triple-A debut in Reno. A Buena Vista, Colorado native, Cuffe graduated from Dakota State University. He has previously worked in the Diamondbacks organization with Single-A South Bend, Single-A Visalia and most recently Double-A Mobile.
The second season of Reno Aces Baseball is set to begin on April 8. Full and partial season ticket plans are on-sale now. Visit www.RenoAces.com or call (775) 334-4700 for more information.