NEWARK — The Newark Bears announced today that former major league baseball player and three-time National League All-Star Garry Templeton has been hired as the team’s manager.
“The Newark Bears are excited to welcome Garry Templeton to our organization,” said the team’s owner/CEO/GM Danielle Dronet. “Garry was an All-Star as a player, and has a proven track record as manager in both the minor leagues and independent baseball. We believe that his hiring is the first step toward winning a championship in 2013.”
Templeton was a 16-year veteran, who spent time with the St. Louis Cardinals, San Diego Padres and New York Mets during his playing career. A former shortstop, he had 2,096 hits during his career, earned two Silver Slugger Awards and became the first switch-hitter to have 100 hits from both sides of the plate in one season.
A California native, Templeton has 13 years of experience as a manager in both affiliated and independent ball. He began his coaching career in 1998 with the Anaheim Angels’ minor league system, spending four seasons with the organization. He reached as high as Triple-A, before joining the independent leagues in 2003.
A press conference to introduce Templeton will take place within a month.
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