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Cesar Martín Returns to Manage 2018 Lugnuts

January 11, 2018 - Midwest League (MWL) - Lansing Lugnuts News Release

LANSING, Mich. - The Lansing Lugnuts, in conjunction with the Toronto Blue Jays, are proud to announce a 2018 coaching staff led by returning manager Cesar Martín .

Martín's 2018 staff - pitching coach Antonio Caceres, hitting coach Matt Young, position player coach Dave Pano, athletic trainer Caleb Daniel and strength and conditioning coach Aaron Spano - will coach the Eastern Division All-Stars at the 54th Annual Midwest League All-Star Game Presented by LAFCU on Tuesday, June 19th, at Cooley Law School Stadium.

Meet the Lugnuts' Staff

Manager Cesar Martín (pronounced "mar-TEEN"), age 36, has a career record of 364-295 in nine seasons. Originally signed by the Blue Jays at age 17 out of San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic, he played three years in the Jays' system, advancing as high as Auburn in 2002. After one year as Bluefield Blue Jays hitting coach, Martín was named the manager for the rookie-level Gulf Coast League Blue Jays in 2015 and 2016 and posted impressive 39-19 and 39-17 campaigns. Under Martín's lead last season, 22 different Lugnuts received promotions, with Jared Carkuff and Griffin Glaude each reaching Triple-A Buffalo. The Nuts posted a 37-29 record in the first half behind Midwest League MVP/Prospect of the Year Bo Bichette and fellow top prospect Vladimir Guerrero, Jr., finishing 63-73 for the year.

Pitching coach Antonio Caceres ("CAH-ser-us"), 40, enters his second tour with the Lugnuts. Caceres first served as Nuts pitching coach in 2009 and 2010, sending 12 pitchers onward to Major League debuts. Like Martín, Caceres was signed by Toronto as a 17-year-old from the Dominican Republic. A native of Cotuí, he pitched four years in the system, topping out in 1998 with Medicine Hat. This is Caceres's 19th season as a coach in the Blue Jays organization, the last seven spent with Advanced-Rookie Bluefield.

Hitting coach Matt Young, 35, enters his first year coaching in the Blue Jays organization. Young starred at the University of New Mexico before signing with the Atlanta Braves in 2004. An outfielder and second baseman, he played nine seasons professionally, reaching the Majors with the Braves in 2011 and the Detroit Tigers in 2012. After several years of working insurance following the end of his playing career, Young opened the Top Prospect Academy in Grapevine, Texas, where he serves as general manager. He currently resides in Carrollton, Texas.

Position player coach Dave Pano ("PAN-o"), 59, is a longtime Blue Jays coach making his first stop in Lansing. Pano comes to the Lugnuts following seven seasons coaching the Vancouver Canadians, including four Northwest League Championships (2011-2013, 2017). A native of Worcester, Massachusetts, Pano attended Eckerd College before moving on to scout for the New York Yankees and Pittsburgh Pirates. St. Petersburg College hired Pano to serve as head baseball coach from 1998-2010, which he balanced while coaching the Auburn Doubledays, Pulaski Blue Jays and Gulf Coast Blue Jays from 2002-2010.

Athletic trainer Caleb Daniel hails from Jacksonville, Arkansas. Daniel, entering his first year with the Lugnuts and his second year with the Blue Jays, earned his bachelor's degree in athletic training from Henderson State University. While earning his undergraduate degree, Daniel became a state and nationally licensed EMT. After graduating, he became the Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer for Henderson State, working with the Reddies' baseball and football teams. Daniel's initial venture into Minor League Baseball came with the Angels' Double-A affiliate, the Arkansas Travelers, with whom he worked in multiple capacities from 2009 to 2016.

Strength and conditioning coach Aaron Spano also enters his first season with the Lugnuts, his second season with the Blue Jays. A native of Charlotte, North Carolina, Spano was a pitcher on the UNC Pembroke baseball team, where he graduated in 2014 with a B.S. in Exercise Physiology. Three years later, he earned an M.S. in Kinesiology from UNC Charlotte, where he served as intern strength coach, working primarily with men's tennis, women's basketball and softball. In his pro debut, Spano served as the 2017 Bluefield Blue Jays' strength and conditioning coach.

Go Nuts for Cesar Martín, the staff and the 2018 Lansing Lugnuts at the home opener on Saturday, April 7th, at Cooley Law School Stadium, celebrating with an Opening Day Block Party, LAFCU Fireworks and more!

For the latest information, call (517) 485-4500 or visit lansinglugnuts.com .

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