Brett Butler, an outfielder for the San
Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers during the 1980s and
1990s, has been named the manager of the Reno Aces for their
inaugural season in the Pacific Coast League, two newspapers
Butler, 51, will replace Bill Plummer, who managed the Tucson
Sidewinders last year before team owners announced they were moving
the Arizona Diamondbacks' Triple A affiliate to Reno for the 2009
season, according to a report the East Valley Tribune (Mesa, Ariz.)
first posted on its Web site on Monday.
Rick Parr, general manager of the Aces, said on Tuesday he was
aware of the report in the Tribune and on the Reno Gazette-Journal
Web site but said he could not confirm it. He said the team's
coaching staff would not be made public until next month.
"Whatever is in the newspaper is in the newspaper," Parr told
The Associated Press in a brief telephone interview.
"All I can tell you is we are going to go to the winter
meetings the second week of December and they will announce the
manager and all the coaches then," he said.
In addition to the Giants and Dodgers, Butler played for
Atlanta, Cleveland and the New York Mets during a 17-year major
league career that ended in 1997. He had a career batting average
of .290 and stole 558 bases.
He played in the 1989 World Series for the Giants and made the
all-star team with the Dodgers in 1991. During a six-season stretch
from 1990-95, he hit .296 and .298 the only two years he didn't hit
better than .300.
Butler, who overcame throat cancer during his time in the
majors, joined Arizona's organization in 2005 as the first base
coach for manager Bob Melvin.
He worked the past season as a roving outfield and base-running
instructor in the Diamondbacks' minor league system. He managed
Class A Lancaster in 2006 and AA Mobile in 2007, where he suffered
a mild stroke following a July 28 game.