Ron Johnson will manage the Norfolk Tides.
It will be cool to see RJ back in the IL again. Who knows, maybe Jeff Bailey will end up in the Orioles org and it'll be just like old times.
This happened like two weeks ago but I was busy looking out the window in a gray warm-up suit because I am fighting depression. I don't even react when my dog nudges my hand.
So to sum up, here are your International League managers so far:
1. Buffalo Bisons - Wally Backman, who is fiery. He replaces 2011 manager Tim Teufel, who's with the big team now.
2. Charlotte Knights - Former Indians interim manager Joel Skinner! Dr. Nancy Golden writes a great story about her love for this guy. He replaces one of the greatest PawSox players of all time, Joe McEwing. McEwing's gotten the third base coaching job in Chicago, so let's toss a little confetti his way.
3. Columbus Clippers - Mike Sarbaugh. "Sarbaugh has never had a losing season in eight years as manager in the Cleveland Indians farm system, and has FIVE league championship titles in those eight seasons." - DP, 'Waiting for Next Year' Indians blog.
4. Durham Bulls - Charlie Montoyo.
5. Gwinnett Braves - Dave Brundage.
6. Indianapolis Indians - Dean Trainor.
7. Lehigh Valley IronPigs - Ryne Sandberg. But how long?
8. Louisville Bats - David Bell. He replaces Rick Sweet, who wanted to spend more time with Devin Mesoraco.
9. Rochester Red Wings - Gene Glynn. He replaces Tom Nieto, for obvious reasons.
10. Scranton Wilkes-Barre Yankees - Dave Miley.
11. Syracuse Chiefs - Tony Beasley. He replaces Randy Knorr, who's up with the big club now. Know who replaces Beasley at double-A Harrisburg? FORMER TWINS GREAT MATT LECROY! I loved LeCroy!! WHAT NOW, DUSTAN MOHR?
12. Toledo Mud Hens - Phil Nevin. I strongly recommend reading this.
And of course, Arnie Beyeler for Pawtucket. As far as we know!