November 30, 2004

Swisher in as R-Phils manager



Former Major League catcher Steve Swisher will become the Reading Phillies' 21st manager, replacing Greg Legg who will coach 2005 in Clearwater.

From a Reading Phillies news release - Swisher, 53, played for the Cubs, Cardinals and Padres during a nine-year MLB career. He was a first round draft pick of White Sox in 1973 but was traded to the Cubs late that year in a deal that sent Ron Santo to the Sox. He made his MLB debut in 1974 and was named to the National League All-Star team in 1976.

Swisher managed for 10 season in the Minor Leagues and coached for three in the Majors with the New York Mets.

Legg, who had managed Reading since 2002, will lead the Clearwater Threshers (A) next season. Rod Nichols, Reading's pitching coach since 2002, will be the Scranton Wilkes-Barre (AAA) Red Barons pitching coach
in 2005.

Additional changes in the Phillies development staff
Former Major League manager Gene Lamont will be taking over for Marc Bombard at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AAA). Chuck Compton, who served as Catching Coordinator in 2004, will replace Bill Dancy as Field Coordinator and Roly deArmas will replace Compton. Coordinators Don Long (hitting), Gorman Heimueller (pitching), Jerry Martin (outfield/baserunning) and Dave Owen (infield) will return to their posts from last season.

The minor league staffs for single-A Lakewood, single-A Batavia and the rookie-level Gulf Coast Phillies will be announced at a later date. The Scranton, Reading and Clearwater staffs are as follows:

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AAA, International League)
Manager: Gene Lamont
Coach: Sal Rende
Pitching coach: Rod Nichols
Athletic trainer: Brian Cammarota

Reading (AA, Eastern League)
Manager: Steve Swisher
Coach: John Morris
Pitching coach: Tom Filer
Athletic trainer: Joel Kennedy

Clearwater (A, Florida State League)
Manager: Greg Legg
Coach: Ken Dominguez
Pitching coach: Scott Lovekamp
Athletic trainer: Shawn Fcasni

Steve Swisher Playing Career: Former catcher batted and threw right handed ... Was the Chicago White Sox first round selection (21st overall) out of Ohio University in the 1973 draft ... Was traded to the Cubs with Ken Frailing, Steve Stone and Jim Kremmel for Ron Santo on December 11, 1973 ... Made his Major League debut with the Cubs on June 14, 1974 ... Was a National League All-Star in 1976 when the game was played at Philadelphia's Veterans Stadium ... Traded to St. Louis with Jerry Morales and cash for Dave Rader and Hector Cruz on December 8, 1977 ... Went from St. Louis to San Diego as part of a 10 player trade that brought St. Louis Rollie Fingers on December 8, 1980 ... Played in 509 career Major League games and hit .216 (305-1414).

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