A former major-leaguer who played in the Midwest League will manage the Lansing Lugnuts this year.
The new Lugnuts skipper is Dallas McPherson, a former Cedar Rapids Kernels third baseman who went on to play parts of five seasons in the big leagues with the Angels, Marlins and White Sox. His first full season as a pro player was spent in the Midwest League, where he batted .277 with 15 homers, 24 doubles, 88 RBI and 30 stolen bases in 132 games with the Kernels. This is his second year as a manager in the Blue Jays organization.
Former minor-league hurler Antonio Caceres returns to Lansing for a second consecutive and fourth overall season as the team’s pitching coach. This is his 20th year as a coach in the Blue Jays farm system.
Logan Bone is the new Lugnuts hitting coach in his first year with the Blue Jays organization. The former college catcher spent the last three years as head assistant baseball coach, with duties that included hitting and catching instruction, at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri.
Dave Pano returns to Lansing for a second season as the team’s position coach. His resume as a former short-season manager in the Blue Jays farm system includes four Northwest League championships with the Vancouver Canadians (2011-13, 2017).