O’FALLON, MO. — River City Rascals manager Steve Brook announced the new members of his coaching staff today, as the club continues to prepare for the coming 2012 Frontier League baseball season.
Joining Brook and recently promoted assistant coach Dave Garcia on the Rascals bench this season, will be new hitting coach Mike Madrid and new bench coach Caleb Curry.
Madrid, who was a Rascals player from 2004-2006, comes to the River City coaching staff after serving as an assistant coach at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Ind.
A career .294 hitter in five professional seasons, after originally being drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates organization, Madrid is excited to get back in a River City uniform.
“With a man like Steve Brook at the helm,” Madrid said in a statement released by the team, “I knew the professionalism would be top notch and that this opportunity to give back to this organization and community would be a great growing experience. I’m ready for this.”
Curry, a key figure in River City’s Frontier League championship run in 2010, returns to the Rascals organization, after playing the 2011 season with the Rockford RiverHawks.
A 14th round draft pick by the San Francisco Giants organization in 2008, Curry played two seasons in low-level A ball, before signing with the Rascals in 2010.
That year, he was one of River City’s top hitters with a .315 batting average and 28 stolen bases.
“When I look back at some of my greatest memories in baseball, the summer of 2010 in O’Fallon sticks out as an unforgettable one,” Curry said.
“The way the community welcomed us, the support and love from the host families, all the hard work in the front office, and the camaraderie of the players made this possible. When I got a call to see if I was interested in coming back, it was a no brainer.”
Brook, who is entering his ninth season as field general for the Rascals, expressed genuine excitement about the new additions to his staff.
“Dave Garcia and I are extremely proud to announce the addition of Mike Madrid and Caleb Curry to our coaching staff,” the Rascals manager said. “Both of these individuals have had a tremendously positive impact on River City Rascals teams during their playing careers.
“I am extremely confident and excited to see what they will bring to our organization in 2012 and beyond. Collectively, our staff represents a standard of work, professionalism, and service from the top down.”
Garcia is entering his third season with the Rascals and his first as assistant coach. He began and finished his playing career with the Rockford organization, and is currently the head baseball coach and Athletic Director at Putnam County High School in Granville, Ill.
With the official start of the Frontier League spring training still about a month away, the Rascals are still making final roster additions and adjustments for the beginning of the new season.
Opening Day for River City’s 14th Frontier League season at T.R. Hughes Ballpark is set for Friday, May 18, when the Rascals will host Rockford RiverHawks at 7:05 p.m.