Phil Nevin named Mud Hens’ new skipperWritten by Mike Bauman | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The Toledo Mud Hens announced Phil Nevin as the team’s new manager at a press conference Nov. 11 at Fifth Third Field, replacing longtime Mud Hens’ manager Larry Parrish, who left the organization last month to become the hitting coach for the Atlanta Braves.
“It goes without saying that this is the most famous, storied minor league franchise in all of baseball,” Nevin said. “To be standing here as the new manager for this team is quite an honor.”
Nevin comes to Toledo after serving as the manager of the Erie SeaWolves in 2010, whom he led to a 66-76 overall record. The SeaWolves are the Double-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers, and last season was Nevin’s first year with the organization. Prior to his stint with the SeaWolves, Nevin served as the manager of the Orange County (CA) Flyers in 2009, whom he led to a 37-39 overall record.
The 39-year-old Nevin was the No. 1 overall pick in the 1992 Major League Baseball draft by the Houston Astros, spending 12 years in the majors with seven different teams, including the Tigers from 1995-97. Nevin batted .270 for his career with 208 homers and 743 RBI.
“It was something I thought about as I played,” Nevin said of eventually becoming a manager. “I was a student of the game.”
Nevin also cited the late Sparky Anderson as having a big influence on him.
“He told me that he still comes to the field every day to learn something new, and I’ve taken that with me since I’ve played for Sparky,” Nevin said. “I relay that message to the players, [and to] my son who plays in little league. That was something that stuck with me for a long time.”
The Mud Hens’ 2011 home opener takes place at 4 p.m. on April 14 in a doubleheader against Columbus.