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Fort Worth Cats Name Introduce Curtis Wilkerson as Manager

January 16, 2012 - North American League (NAmL) - Fort Worth Cats News Release

FORT WORTH, TX - The Fort Worth Cats have named former major league infielder Curtis Wilkerson as their new team manager.

Wilkerson spent 11 seasons in the majors as an infielder for the Texas Rangers, Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates and Kansas City Royals. He was drafted by Texas in the fourth round of the 1980 MLB draft and was named the team's rookie of the year in 1984. Wilkerson spent six of his major league seasons with the club. The switch-hitter appeared in 972 games during his career before retiring in 1993.

After retiring, Wilkerson coached in the Royals and Pirates organizations. He then was the manager of the Tarrant County Thunder of the Continental Baseball League for the 2008 season.

Wilkerson was born on April 26, 1961 in Petersburg, Virginia. He lives in Arlington, Texas with his wife of 25 years, Brenda. They have three children: sons Brandon and Chris and daughter Briana.

Steve Maddock Named Director of Baseball Operations

Also today, the Cats named Steve Maddock as Director of Baseball Operations and pitching coach for the 2012 season. Maddock was the bench coach for the Cats in 2010 under Chad Tredaway. He spent the 2011 season as manager of the Edinburg Roadrunners.

"I am excited to return to the Cats and the city of Fort Worth." Maddock said. "I enjoyed my first season here, and the support of the fans and history of the franchise is second to none in independent baseball."

Maddock has 19 years of experience in independent league baseball. As manager of San Angelo of the Central League, he managed the team to the league title in 2002. From 2005-2008 he was in the Northern League. He also spent time in the Frontier League in both 2000 and 2004, and the All-American Association in 2001.

Maddock is an Arlington native and attended Sam Houston High School. He has two sons, Tyler and Travis.

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