LAKEWOOD – The Phillies announced Monday that Chris Truby will serve as BlueClaws manager in 2011, becoming the ninth manager in team’s 11-year history.
Truby will be joined by returning staff members Steve Schrenk (pitching coach), Greg Legg (hitting coach), and Mickey Kozack (athletic trainer).
Truby has managed short-season Williamsport each of the last two years to an overall record of 85-67. Last year, they went 43-33 and missed the playoffs by one-half game. In 2009, managing many of the same players that helped the BlueClaws to the 2010 South Atlantic League title, the Crosscutters finished 42-34, missing the playoffs by just 3.5 games.
“I’m obviously very excited,” Truby said from Indianapolis. “Lakewood is a place that everyone has rave reviews about and it’s a step up for me, a progression in my career.
“You want to get to the point where you move up into a full season league. Going to Lakewood, where they’ve won two championships in a row and get the fan support that they do is exciting.”
Truby, who turns 37 on Dec. 9, played 14 years with six organizations, most of which with Houston, who signed him as a non-drafted free agent in 2004. He hit .231 with 31 home runs in 263 Major League games.
Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg will manage Triple-A Lehigh Valley in 2011. Mark Parent, who managed the BlueClaws to the 2010 South Atlantic League title, jumps to Double-A Reading while Dusty Wathan, who managed the BlueClaws to the 2009 SAL title, will lead Clearwater for the second straight year.
Schrenk’s 2010 BlueClaws staff had the lowest team ERA (3.04) of all 120 full-season Minor League teams. He returns for his second straight year and fourth overall (2005, 2006) with Lakewood and has won two championships (2006 and 2010) in his first three years with the BlueClaws.
He is currently managing in the Australian Baseball League.
Legg returns to Lakewood as the hitting coach for the fourth straight season. He has been in the organization for 29 years a player, coach, and manager. Legg was also the team’s original manager in 2001 and enters his fifth season overall with the BlueClaws.
Kozack starts his sixth season with the Phillies and fourth as Lakewood’s Athletic Trainer. He spent 2007 with Williamsport and served as an intern during in 2006 with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AAA).
The BlueClaws, two-time defending South Atlantic League Champions, open the 2011 season on April 7th when they raise the 2010 SAL Championship Banner before their game against Kannapolis.
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