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Friday, January 17, 2020 2:20 pm

TinCaps announce 2020 coaching staff; Contreras returns as manager

DYLAN SINN | The Journal Gazette

Anthony Contreras will return in 2020 for a fifth season as the manager of the TinCaps, the team announced this afternoon.

Contreras is already the all-time leader in wins in Fort Wayne franchise history (including managers of the Wizards) and led the team to the Midwest League Championship Series in 2017. No other manager in franchise history has led Fort Wayne for more than three seasons.

“I couldn’t be more excited to lead a bunch of very talented young men in 2020 and work with a highly regarded staff,” Contreras said in a statement. “Fort Wayne is one of the best places to work in Minor League Baseball, if not the best, and I’m extremely grateful to be back for a fifth year.”

Contreras, 36, managed the 'Caps to a 62-76 record in 2019 and had the team in playoff contention late in the second half of the season. In his four seasons at the helm, he has tallied a 256-296 mark.

The TinCaps also announced the rest of its 2020 coaching staff this afternoon.

Joining Contreras in returning to the staff is hitting coach Jonathan Mathews. It will be his third season as the hitting coach and fourth with the TinCaps. He was previously the hitting coach with another Midwest League team, the Kane County Cougars, and led a TinCaps lineup that produced a .682 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage) in 2019, ranking seventh in the 16-team league.

“We’re elated to welcome back Anthony Contreras and Jonathan Mathews,” TinCaps president Mike Nutter said in a statement. “Not only do we appreciate how they’re top-tier baseball instructors, but just as important, they understand the connection that the TinCaps have with our community, and they share in our belief of giving back to the fans."

New to the staff this season is pitching coach Leo Rosales, a former major leaguer, who pitched for the Arizona Diamondbacks from 2008 to 2010 and finished with a 5-2 career record and a 5.01 ERA. He was originally drafted by the Padres and saved 26 games in 2004 for the Wizards, earning the Midwest League Relief Man Award. He picked up the save on the final day of the '04 regular season, when Fort Wayne beat the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers to earn a spot in the playoffs.

Jonathan Meyer will be the team's new fielding coach, replacing Jhonny Carvajal, who had held the position for three seasons. Meyer played seven seasons in the minor leagues from 2009 to 2015 and reached the Triple-A level in the Houston Astros organization.

The TinCaps open their 2020 season April 9 at Bowling Green and will meet Dayton on April 13 in the Parkview Field opener.

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