Tucson Sidewinders Baseball

CHIP HALE AND STAFF RETURN TO TUCSON SIDEWINDERS IN 2006

Tucson Sidewinders Manager Chip Hale and his coaching staff for the 2006 season have returned to the Sidewinders, as announced by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Hale will once again be flanked by his 2005 staff of hitting coach Lorenzo Bundy and pitching coach Mike Parrott.

The 2006 season will mark Chip Hale’s third at the helm of the Sidewinders, after leading the team to a 74-70 record in 2004 and a 68-76 mark in 2005. Chip owns a .543 winning percentage with a record of 314-264 in 5 seasons as a minor league manager, all in the Diamondbacks organization.

Chip currently ranks 8th in the Tucson franchise’s history for wins by a manager and needs just another 65 wins to move into 4th all-time. Hale’s major league playing career spanned 7 seasons after being drafted out of the Univ. of Arizona in 1987 by the Minnesota Twins.

“It’s fantastic to have Chip and his staff back again to provide consistency for our players,” said Sidewinders General Manager Rick Parr. “I could not be more elated to have a Tucsonan managing Tucson’s ballclub.”

Lorenzo Bundy returns for his third season as the Sidewinders Hitting Coach. Bundy joined Tucson in 2004 before he was promoted midseason to serve as the Diamondbacks Bench Coach.

“Lo” was back in a Sidewinders uniform in 2005 helping in the development of young hitters such as Conor Jackson and Scott Hairston. The 2006 season will be Bundy’s fourth year in the Diamondbacks organization.

Mike Parrott returns for his fifth season as the Sidewinders pitching coach and tenth in the Diamondbacks organization.

“Bird” was once again a steady force guiding a Sidewinders staff that featured 35 different pitchers in 2005. Parrott pitched in 119 major league games over 5 seasons with the Orioles and Mariners.

The 2006 season begins Thursday, April 6th at Tucson Electric Park when the Sidewinders host Salt Lake. For more information on the Tucson Sidewinders please call 520-434-1307 or visit www.tucsonsidewinders.com.

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