The New Hampshire Fisher Cats have announced that former New York Yankees infielder Bobby Meacham will take over the reins of manager for the club in 2014, becoming the eighth skipper in the team's eleven seasons.
He succeeds former Red Sox catcher and coach Gary Allenson, who was promoted to manage Toronto’s Triple-A team in Buffalo.
This will be Meacham’s second season managing in the Blue Jays system after leading High-A Dunedin to a first-half divisional title and a 63-68 overall record last season.
Prior to joining the Blue Jays organization Meacham coached in the Kansas City, Philadelphia, Colorado and Pittsburgh minor league systems and served as a base coach in the Majors with the Padres, Astros and Yankees, the team that he played all six of his pro seasons for.
Joining Meacham in Manchester will be new pitching coach Jim Czajkowski, who served in the same roll for the Short-Season Single A Vancouver Canadians over the last three seasons.
Hitting coach Jon Nunnally returns to the Fisher Cats after spending last season with Buffalo.
Also returning are a pair of New England natives, trainer Bob Tarpey (York, Maine) and strength and conditioning coach Brian Pike (Gorham, New Hampshire).
"This announcement always injects a little warmth into a cold, snowy winter," said Fisher Cats President Rick Brenner in a press release. "It's hard to believe spring training is a month away and that we are just 80 days from the start of our season. We look forward to meeting Bobby and Jim for the first time, and reuniting with Jon, Bob, and Brian for another exciting summer at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium."
The Fisher Cats, who will enter their 11th season as Toronto’s Double-A affiliate, start their season at Trenton (New York Yankees) on April 4th and return to open the gates at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium on the 10th when they host the Binghamton Mets.
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