Nieves to return as Dragons manager in 2015

Dayton Dragons manager Jose Nieves (Photo by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler)

Dayton Dragons manager Jose Nieves (Photo by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler)

Jose Nieves will return for a third season as manager of the Dayton Dragons in 2015, the team announced today. It will be his sixth as a skipper in the Cincinnati Reds organization.

In 2013, the Dragons went 65-73 and set a franchise record for fewest errors in a season. In 2014, the team went 68-70.

Nieves played 212 games in the major leagues, with the Chicago Cubs and the Anaheim Angels. He also played in parts of 13 seasons in the minor leagues, including 113 games with the Midwest League’s Rockford Cubbies in 1996. He batted .242 with 5 HR, 57 RBI and 17 SB for Rockford.

Luis Bolivar will return for a second season as the team’s hitting coach. He played nine seasons in the minor leagues, including the second half of 2003 and all of 2004 with the Dragons. In 180 games with the Dragons, he batted .233 with 13 HR, 66 RBI and 37 SB. He was a Midwest League All-Star in 2004.

Tom Browning will be the team’s pitching coach after serving that same role for Dayton in 2012. He spent 11 years as a major-league pitcher for the Reds, and has served as a pitching coach in the organization for eight years.

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