Bailey set to return as Smokies manager
KODAK — The Chicago Cubs and the Tennessee Smokies announced Tuesday Buddy Bailey will return to Tennessee to be the team’s manager for the 2013 season. Joining Bailey on next year’s staff will be pitching coach Jeff Fassero, hitting coach Desi Wilson, athletic trainer Scott Barringer and strength and coach Ryan Clausen.
Bailey will return for his third season as Smokies’ manager, having spent the 2008 and 2012 seasons in Tennessee. He led the Smokies to a 72-68 record, which was fourth best in the Southern League in 2012. The Madison Heights, Va. native brings 24 years of minor league managing experience and an overall managing record of 1,630-1,518.
After four years (1979-1982) as a catcher in the Atlanta Braves’ minor league system, Bailey began his managerial career in 1983 at the Braves’ rookie level Pulaski. He then managed at Sumter (A, 1985, 1987), Durham (A, 1986, 1988) and Greenville (AA, 1988-1990).
Bailey left the Braves’ organization to manage in the Red Sox organization for Lynchburg (A, 1991-1992), Pawtucket (AAA, 1993-1996, 2002-2004) then served as the Red Sox’ minor league catching instructor, minor league field coordinator, roving catching instructor and advanced scout.
Bailey then left for the Cubs’ organization in 2006 to manage Daytona, Iowa (AAA, 2007), Tennessee (AA, 2008) and three seasons back in Daytona (A, 2009-2011), where he led the D-Cubs to the Florida State League Championship in 2011.
Fassero returns for his second season as pitching coach with the Smokies after handling the same duties in Low-A Peoria in 2011 and Short Season A Boise in 2010. Fassero is a 16-year major league veteran pitcher (1991-2006) who has a career MLB record of 121-124 with a 4.11 ERA.
Wilson enters his first season with the Smokies, sixth with the Cubs organization. He has held the same position with High-A Daytona (2012), Single-A Boise (2009, 2011) and Rookie-League Level Mesa (2008, 2010).
Wilson appeared in 41 games for the San Francisco Giants in 1996 and over an 11-year minor league career (1991-1997, 1999-2002), he holds a .307 batting average in 1,043 games with five organizations (Texas, San Francisco, Arizona, the White Sox and Montreal).
Athletic trainer Scott Barringer will begin his first season with the Smokies in 2013, his first overall in the Cubs’ minor league system after spending the last two seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks organization. Ryan Clausen joins Tennessee as the strength coach, having held the same position with Boise in 2012.
Smokies’ 2012 hitting coach Mariano Duncan will remain within the Cubs organization, and will assume his same role with the Daytona Cubs. Athletic trainer AJ Larson and strength coach Tyler Evans have left the Cubs organization.