Quakes Announce Managerial ChangeJanuary 23, 2009 - California League (CalL) Rancho Cucamonga Quakes
Johnson begins his sixth season within the Angels' organization and his second as manager. He spent the 2008 season at the helm of the Cedar Rapids Kernels guiding them to a 72-66 record and to the Mid-West League Divisional Finals. Johnson had spent the previous four years as the hitting coach in Arkansas ('06 and '07), Orem ('05), and Mesa ('04) prior to his time with Cedar Rapids. He was named interim manager of the Arkansas Travelers during the 2006 season when Ty Boykin took a leave of absence and his squad went 11-21. Johnson played professionally as an infielder with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Arizona Diamondbacks and Anaheim Angels and he made his major league debut in 2000 with the Angels against the Toronto Blue Jays. He collected two hits in four big league at-bats. Johnson was originally drafted by the Dodgers in 1992 out of University of Pacific.
Bruce Hines, a 23-year Angels' organizational veteran and roving field coordinator, took the third base coaching job with the Seattle Mariners; thus, leaving a vacancy in the development department. Todd Takayoshi, who has been the roving hitting coordinator for the last two seasons, will maintain his spot as the hitting coordinator and will assume the duties left behind by Hines as well. Takayoshi was the Quakes hitting coach during the 2003 season.
The Angels' organization is in the process of filling the manager spot in Cedar Rapids. No time table has been set for the announcement.
The remainder of the Quakes' field staff which was previously announced will be intact. Dan Ricabal will be the Pitching Coach, Damon Mashore the Hitting Coach and Mike Metcalfe the Athletic Trainer.
The Rancho Cucamonga Quakes are the Advanced-A Affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. For ticket information, please call the Quakes Front Office at (909) 481-5000. The Quakes 2009 home opener is scheduled for Monday, April 13th against the Visalia Rawhide at 7:05pm.
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