Johns named Hot Rods manager

Michael Johns will manage the Bowling Green Hot Rods in 2014. It will be his seventh year in the Tampa Bay Rays organization, his fifth as a manager, and his first managing at a full-season level.

He was skipper of the Hudson Valley Renegades of the New York-Penn League last year after managing the Princeton Rays of the Appalachian League the previous three years.

Johns played minor-league baseball for three seasons in the late 1990s — 1997 and 1998 in the Colorado Rockies organization and 1999 in an independent league. He was an infielder; shortstop was his primary position, but he also played second base and third base.

Also joining the Hot Rods from Hudson Valley is new hitting coach Dan DeMent. During his eight seasons in the minor leagues (split between the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and the Washington Nationals organizations), he played every position except catcher. His last season as a player was 2007.

Pitching coach Bill Moloney returns to Bowling Green two years after he served in the same capacity for the Hot Rods. He has been a pitching coach in the Rays organization since 2007; he was on the staff of the Florida State League’s Charlotte Stone Crabs last year. He pitched in the minor leagues from 1979-1984, mostly in the Boston Red Sox organization.

Jared Sandberg, who managed the Hot Rods to an 82-56 record last year, will manage the High-A Charlotte Stone Crabs in 2014.

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