Giants unveil Minor League staffs

Giants unveil 2006 Minor League coaching staff

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants' Minor League affiliates enjoyed one of their most successful campaigns in 2005, finishing the regular season with the second-best winning percentage in baseball.

As a reward, Dick Tidrow, vice president of player personnel, announced on Tuesday that all Minor League managers will again guide their clubs for 2006.

Retained are Shane Turner, Triple-A Fresno; Dave Machemer, Double-A Connecticut; Lenn Sakata, whose Class A San Jose team won the California League title, while he captured Manager of the Year honors; Roberto Kelley, Class A Augusta skipper and manager of the Panamanian team in the World Baseball Classic; Steve Decker, short-season Salem-Keizer; and Bert Hunter, the 2005 Arizona Rookie League Manager of the Year, who has led the San Francisco affiliate to two consecutive titles.

Former Giants pitcher Trevor Wilson has also been named pitching coach at Fresno, while Jim Bowie is hitting coach and Patrick Serbus the trainer.

Backing Machemer at Connecticut is pitching coach Bob Stanley, hitting coach Gary Davenport and trainer Anthoney Reyes. Sakata is joined by new coaches Jim Bennett, pitching; Garrett Nago, hitting; and Yukiya Oba, trainer.

Jerry Crame and Ricky Ward are the pitching and hitting coaches, respectively, at Salem-Keizer, with Larry Duensing the trainer. In Arizona, Will Malerich will handle pitchers and Leo Garcia the hitters.

The Giants' Minor League roving instructors have also been retained.

They are Fred Stanley, coordinator of instruction; Bert Bradley, coordinator of pitching; Bob Mariano, hitting coordinator; Lee Smith, all-time saves leader and South African pitching coach for the WBC, roving pitching instructor; Kirt Manwaring, former Giants catcher and Gold Glove winner, roving catching instructor; Darren Lewis, former Giants outfielder and Gold Glove winner, roving baseball/outfield instructor; Joe Amalfitano, roving infield instructor; Mark Gruesbeck, head Minor League athletic trainer; and Jim Simmons, Minor League rehabilitation coordinator.

Rich Draper is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.