NEWARK – Former New York Mets coach Ken Oberkfell will manage the Newark Bears this season, the team announced yesterday.
Earlier this month, Oberkfell led Los Leones del Escogido to their third Caribbean Series title in team history after winning their first Dominican Winter League title in 18 years. Oberkfell served as the bench coach for the New York Mets in 2011 after managing in their minor league system for ten seasons. He played in the major leagues from 1977 through 1992, winning a World Series ring with the 1982 St. Louis Cardinals.
The Bears also welcome New Jersey native Ralph Citarella as their pitching coach for the 2012 season. He pitched for the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago White Sox in the 1980s.
Former Montreal Expos and New York Yankees star Tim Raines, who managed the Newark Bears from 2009-2011, will remain part of the organization and become Newark’s Director of Player Development.
Formal announcements regarding the Newark Bears 2012 coaching staff and roster will be made during a press conference on Saturday before the organization’s Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball charity event.
The Bears are one of five baseball teams in the Can-Am League, an independent professional league not affiliated with Major League Baseball, which gives young players a chance to showcase their skills.
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