Former big-league catcher Bill Haselman will manage the Great Lakes Loons in 2014, the Los Angeles Dodgers announced Sunday.
Haselman played parts of 13 seasons in the major leagues, all in the American League. He was Roger Clemens’ catcher when the Rocket struck out 20 batters in a 1996 game.
Haselman has three years of managerial experience, all at the Class A+ level in the California League (Bakersfield in 2010 and Inland Empire in 2012-13).
He replaces Razor Shines, who led the Loons to a 67-72 record and a playoff spot in his only season managing Great Lakes. Shines will manage the Dodgers’ Double-A team next year.
Bill Simas will return as Loons pitching coach after his staff led the Midwest League in strikeouts (1,113) and tied for second in shutouts (15). Among the pitchers he coached in 2013 were LHP Geoff Brown, who tied for first in MWL wins (12), and LHP Julio Urias, who made his MWL debut with the Loons at age 16.
Simas pitched in relief for the Chicago White Sox from 1995-2000. He pitched in the Midwest League in 1993, going 5-8 with a 4.95 ERA and 62 strikeouts in 80 IP for the Cedar Rapids Kernels.
Johnny Washington will be the Loons’ hitting coach after serving in that same capacity for the High-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes the past two seasons. His minor-league playing career included 31 games with the 2005 Clinton LumberKings. He hit .194 and walked 13 times in 112 plate appearances.
In addition to the Loons, eight other Midwest League teams have announced their coaching staffs for the 2014 season. You can read about them or find links to the pertinent posts here.