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Ed Nottle returns to lead X's

January 4, 2006 - American Association (AA) - Sioux City Explorers News Release

The Sioux City Explorers announced at a press conference this afternoon that Ed Nottle will return to Sioux City and will be the field manager for the 2006 season.

"Ed is someone I would call a friend and someone I truly admire for his hard work and dedication to the entire Siouxland community and to the game of baseball," says Explorers General Manager Shane Tritz. "There is not a person in Siouxland that can talk about the rich tradition of Explorers baseball without making mention of Ed Nottle. I am extremely excited to have Ed returning to the Explorers the same time I am."

Nottle managed the inaugural season with the X's in 1993 and stayed with them thru the 2000 season. In his eight seasons, he amassed a regular season record of 343 wins and 318 losses and made the playoffs in 1994 and 1999. Ed managed the Duluth Superior Dukes for one season before moving on to the Brockton Rox in 2002. With the Rox, he compiled a 187-175 record and won a championship in 2003.

"This is very unique and special situation for me," comments Nottle. "In this business people don't usually get the opportunity to return to a familiar situation. I have a lot of friends in the Siouxland area and that is going to make the transition back here really easy."

Nottle signed his first professional contract in 1959 when he signed with a team in Pensacola, FL. Following a stellar season at Pensacola; Ed began a 10-year run with the Chicago White Sox organization. In 1963, he was assigned to the White Sox major league roster but never played due to an arm injury. He finished his playing career in 1970.

In 1972, Nottle received his first coaching job and became a manager in 1978 when the Oakland A's hired him to managed a Northwest League team. In 1981 while managing the Athletics Triple A team in Tacoma, Ed's team reached the PCL finals and Nottle was named Minor League Manager-of-the-Year by Baseball America. In 1985, Nottle moved on to the Boston Red Sox organization and managed their Double A affiliate for one season and their Triple A team for 4 ½ years

Ed will begin putting the 2006 roster together immediately and will move to the Sioux City area in early February.

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