The Nashville Sounds have named 14-year Major League Baseball player Darnell Coles their 2014 manager.
Coles, a first-round draft pick in 1980 and 1993 World Series winner with the Toronto Blue Jays, takes the place of Mike Guerrero, who was recently promoted to the coaching staff of the Milwaukee Brewers, the Sounds' MLB affiliate. The 51-year-old Coles is the 25th manager in the Sounds' 37-year history and will be joined by the team's returning coaching staff.
Coles comes to Nashville after managing the Double-A Huntsville Stars to a 124-153 record over two seasons in the Southern League. Before that, he was the Brewers' minor-league hitting coordinator from 2010-11 and the hitting coach at Triple-A Syracuse (for the Washington National organization) among other things.
During his MLB playing career, Coles played in Seattle, Detroit, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Cincinnati, Toronto, St. Louis and Colorado. In 957 games, he hit .245 with 75 home runs and 368 RBI. He is one of only 14 players — a group that includes Babe Ruth — to hit three home runs in a game in both the American and National leagues.
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