Found December 01, 2011 on Reds Minor Leagues:
The Bakersfield Blaze have announced their field staff for the 2012 season. Ken Griffey Sr is returning as the manager, Rigo Beltran is returning as the pitching coach and Eli Marrero will be the hitting coach after spending last season with the Billings Mustangs in the same role. That leaves only the Pensacola squad left to name its field staff for the 2012 season. One of my favorite things to do each offseason is get the Fan Top 10 Prospects. Unfortunately, I completely forgot about it after I completed my list. But, I would still like to do it, so if you would like to contribute a Top 10 list, you can send it over my way. I will tabulate the votes and bring back the results at some point next week. Billy Hamilton reportedly broke his hand while playing in the Puerto Rico Winter League. I will try to track him down at Redsfest and see what he has to say about the injury. Speaking of Redsfest, are any of you guys going? I am a few days late on this, but Ken Rosenthal has this to sa...

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Trey Griffey makes a name for himself as a football recruit

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Bakersfield Blaze Staff

From In Minor League baseball, the norm is often turnover among coaches and players, with 30 new faces in the clubhouse every year. However, this coming 2012 season, fans of the Blaze will recognize two-thirds of the coaching staff from a 2011 squad that narrowly missed the California League Playoffs. Ken Griffey Sr. and Rigo Beltran will both return, and will be joined...
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