Bobby Brown, Coaching Staff Returns to Saltdogs
The Saltdogs are happy to welcome manager Bobby Brown, pitching coach Dan Reichert and hitting coach Tom Carcione back for the 2019 season.
“We’re excited to welcome back all three coaches for a another season,” said President/GM Charlie Meyer. “We look forward to the 2019 season and another pursuit at an American Association Championship.”
Brown returns for his fourth season after three consecutive winning seasons to begin his career in Lincoln. After an 18-game turnaround and 52-48 finish in 2016, Brown led the Saltdogs to an American Association Central Division crown with a 58-41 mark in 2017. The ‘Dogs then finished 51-48 in a tough South division last year.
A native of San Luis Obispo, CA, Brown began his managerial career with Abilene of the North American League in 2012 before spending three seasons with the Amarillo Thunderheads in the American Association. In three years at the helm, Amarillo sold five players to MLB organizations – including 2018 NL Silver Slugger award winner David Peralta.
Brown played professionally for nine seasons and posted a career .301 batting average in independent baseball. He also played collegiately at the University of Oklahoma.
Dan Reichert also returns for his sixth season with the ‘Dogs, and his fourth consecutive year.
Reichert, who pitched in the big leagues for five different seasons (1999-2003), owns a career 21-25 record across 124 career MLB appearances. Four of Reichert’s five seasons came with the nearby Kansas City Royals.
A native of Turlock, CA and former 7th-overall pick by the Royals in 1997, Reichert first coached with the ‘Dogs in 2013 and ’14 before returning in 2016.
As a staff, Lincoln’s best season under Reichert’s guidance came in 2017 when the ‘Dogs posted a league- and franchise-best 3.45 ERA en route to the division crown. Lincoln also sold the contracts of three separate pitchers to MLB organizations in 2017.
Tom Carcione also returns to Lincoln for 2019 after the ‘Dogs finished with 116 homers in 2018 – the second-best mark in team history.
A 10-year professional player and now 16-year coaching veteran, Carcione was a 10th-round pick of the Oakland Athletics out of Texas A&M University in the 1988 MLB Draft and spent the next five seasons in the A’s minor-league system.
As a team, the ‘Dogs batting average has steadily increased in every season Carcione has been at the helm – beginning in 2016. In addition to the 116 homers Lincoln hit in 2018, the ‘Dogs slapped 97 homers the year prior.
by Michael Dixon