Lookouts' Reed One Of Southern League's Trio Of New Managers

Friday, January 18, 2013 - by David Jenkins

For the first time in four seasons, the Chattanooga Lookouts will have a new field manager for the 2013 season as former Red Sox infielder Jody Reed moves up from his instructor's job to replace Carlos Subero, who was 215-201 in his three seasons with the Lookouts, including two straight trips into postseason play.

Reed, who was twice named Manager of the Year in short-season leagues, was the Dodgers' minor league infield instructor for the 2012 season.

Another well-known former major leaguer will be making his Southern League managerial debut in 2013 for Pensacola (Reds). Delino DeShields, Sr., whose son is an Astros prospect, moves up to replace Jim Riggleman after two seasons at perennially sold-out Dayton. Former Cubs and Nationals skipper Riggleman takes over Class AAA Louisville after one season in the Reds' System.

But perhaps even bigger shoes to fill are at Mobile (Diamondbacks), where Turner Ward moves up the major league coaching staff as associate hitting coach after winning back-to-back Southern League pennants in 2011-12 in his two seasons as manager. Ward, who was also named SL Manager of the Year in 2011, will be replaced by another pennant winner, as Andy Green claimed the Pioneer League championship with Missoula.

The league's other newbie is Birmingham's Julio Vinas, who was promoted from Kannapolis of the South Atlantic League. He replaces Bobby Magallanes, who helmed the Barons for each of the last two seasons.  Magallanes will be staying in the South, however, as he has been assigned by the White Sox to manage the Bristol club in 2013.

The dean of the current crop of Southern League managers, Billy Gardner, Jr., heads the six returning skippers for the 2013 Southern League season. Gardner Jr. is back for his 7th season at Montgomery. Gardner, whose father was named Manager of the Year in the Southern League in 1973 (with Jacksonville), is part of the only such father-son award tandem. Gardner Jr. won a SL pennant in 2007.

The other returning skippers include Buddy Bailey at Tennessee, back for his third season for the Cubs' farm club. But Bailey is truly the Southern League's elder statesman, as he managed the Greenville Braves from 1988-90.

He is joined by Jackson's Jim Pankovits, back for his third year; former Chattanooga player Darnell Coles, who will be back in Huntsville for a second year; Jacksonville's Andy Barkett, returning for his third season; and the Mississippi Braves' Aaron Holbert, fresh from a managerial stint in the Arizona Fall League, returning to Pearl for a second season.




PREP SCHEDULE

(Please notify us of any schedule changes and times as well as game and match scores at news@chattanoogan.com) Softball: MONDAY, APRIL 23 Soddy Daisy at Baylor 5 p.m.  Notre Dame at Silverdale 5 p.m.   TUESDAY, APRIL 24 Tyner at Brainerd Sequatchie Co. at Notre Dame Howard at Hixson Red Bank at East Ridge Riverdale at Baylor ... (click for more)

PHOTOS: 2018 Tennessee Orange And White Game

TBI Puts Man Who Killed 4 At Waffle House On Its "10 Most Wanted" List

A man who killed four people and injured two others at a Waffle House near Nashville on Sunday morning is still on the loose and has been added to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's ‘Top 10 Most Wanted’ list. He was identified as Travis Reinking, 29, of Morton, Ill., was arrested last year when he was in a restricted area at the White House in Washington, D.C. Reinking ... (click for more)

Dayton Teen Arrested After Running From Deputies On Highway 60; Passenger Caught With Drugs

Hamilton County Sheriff deputies caught up with a Dayton teen who drove off at a high rate of speed on Highway 60 on Sunday afternoon. A passenger in the vehicle was caught with drugs. At approximately  5 p.m. , deputies observed a white Chrysler 200 traveling south in the 7800 block of Highway 60 at a high rate of speed. The driver was improperly passing other vehicles ... (click for more)

Teachers Have Good Compensation Compared To Other Taxpayers - And Response

Hamilton County experienced a property tax increase of about 10.7 percent in 2017. By law the reappraisal of property shall not increase tax revenue. So after the reappraisal the state certified millage rate for Hamilton County was 2.4976 per hundred dollars assessed value. The county commission voted to raise the millage rate to 2.7652 per hundred. That's about a 10.7 percent increase ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Saturday Funnies

All of us who marvel at the sound of bagpipes at a funeral realize the majesty that people like piper Scottie Maclellan can lend to any “homecoming” and for years there has been a wonderful tale out of Nova Scotia that leads this week’s parade of The  Saturday  Funnies. Mind you, I do not write these stories, as many who have followed man’s laughter down through the ... (click for more)