Blue Jays fill out minor league staff
Marty Brown to manage AAA affiliate; Fasano heads AA squad
Marty Brown is the new manager at AAA Las Vegas while Sal Fasano is taking over at AA New Hampshire as the Toronto Blue Jays set their minor-league coaching staffs for 2011 on Tuesday.
Omar Malave, first base coach with the big-league team in 2010, will manage the rookie-ball Gulf Coast Blue Jays while Rick Langford, bullpen coach for the parent club this past season, becomes the pitching rehab co-ordinator.
Brown is one of three newcomers to the organization, joining new single-A Lansing manager Mike Redmond and single-A Vancouver pitching coach Jim Czajkowski.
The 47-year-old Brown spent the past five seasons in Japan, most recently as manager of the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles in the Japanese Pacific League. He previously managed AAA Nashville from 2001-02 and the AAA Buffalo Bisons from 2003-05, earning Minor League manager of the year honours in 2004.
Fasano, who interviewed for the Blue Jays managerial opening filled by John Farrell, was promoted from Lansing to New Hampshire, replacing Luis Rivera, who will serve as part of Farrell's staff.
Clayton McCullough will manage advanced-A Dunedin for the second straight season.
Redmond takes over from Fasano at Lansing after 19 professional seasons as a player. The 39-year-old played 22 games with the Cleveland Indians this past season, and also spent time with Florida and Cleveland.
John Schneider gets promoted to short-season-A Vancouver in the Canadians' first season as a Blue Jays affiliate. He managed the Gulf Coast Blue Jays in 2010.
Dennis Holmberg will manage the Blue Jays' newest affiliate, single-A Bluefield of the Appalachian League. He spent the past nine seasons managing single-A Auburn.