The Toronto Blue Jays announced today that former MLB catcher Ken Huckaby will manage the Lansing Lugnuts in 2015. It is his first managerial assignment.
Huckaby, who served as Lansing’s hitting coach last year, played 161 games during parts of six seasons in the major leagues. His best MLB season was 2002, when he batted .245 with 3 HR and 22 RBI in 88 games with the Blue Jays.
Huckaby replaces John Tamargo, Jr., who managed the Lugnuts from 2012 to 2014. Tamargo will be the hitting coach for the Dunedin Blue Jays, Toronto’s High-A affiliate in the Florida State League, this year.
Lansing’s new hitting coach is Kenny Graham, who previously served in that same capacity for the Lugnuts in 2012 and 2013. Last year he managed the GCL Blue Jays, Toronto’s rookie-level affiliate in the Gulf Coast League.
Jeff Ware is the new Lugnuts pitching coach. He pitched 59 innings for the Blue Jays in 1995-96. This is his second season coaching in the Blue Jays organization after coaching in the New York Yankees system from 2007 to 2013.
Ware replaces Vince Horsman, who was Lansing’s pitching coach from 2011 to 2014. Horsman will be Dunedin’s pitching coach this year.