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Owens to manage Southern Maryland Blue Crabs

Jeremy Owens bats for the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs during their inaugural season (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

Jeremy Owens bats for the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs during their inaugural season (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

After spending eight seasons as a player, player/coach and coach with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, Jeremy Owens will manage the Atlantic League baseball club in 2016.

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Osborn to manage Staten Island Yankees

Patrick Osborn (file photo from the 2008 Atlantic League All-Star Game)

Patrick Osborn, seen here representing the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs at the 2008 Atlantic League All-Star Game at Commerce Bank Ballpark in Bridgewater, NJ, will manage the Staten Island Yankees in 2015. (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

Former Southern Maryland Blue Crabs star Patrick Osborn will manage the Staten Island Yankees this season, Robert Pimpsner of Pinstriped Prospects reported yesterday.

Osborn, 33, who holds several franchise records for the Atlantic League team as a player, managed the Blue Crabs to two consecutive playoff appearances before leaving to manage the New York Yankees’ Gulf Coast League affiliate last season.

Former major league pitcher Butch Henry, 46,  will serve as Staten Island’s pitching coach in 2015. He had a 33-33 record with a 3.83 ERA, playing for the Houston Astros, Colorado Rockies, Montreal Expos, Boston Red Sox and Seattle Mariners from 1992-1999. He is an original Colorado Rockie and was the last pitcher in major league baseball to hit an inside-the-park home run.

Ty Hawkins, 47, will return for his tenth season as the Staten Island Yankees’ hitting coach, while former New York Yankees top prospect Eric Duncan, 30, will round out the team’s coaching staff.

I enjoy the ferry ride to Staten Island’s Richmond County Bank Ballpark, so I try to make the trip at least once each summer. If I get out there this year, I will have to remember to wear my Blue Crabs cap.

Yankee fans, what do you think of Staten Island’s 2015 coaching staff?

Atlantic League manager moves

Lance Burkhart as a catcher for the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs in 2009. (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

Lance Burkhart as a catcher for the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs in 2009. (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

Lance Burkhart will become the third manager in Southern Maryland Blue Crabs franchise history this season, the team announced today. The 39-year-old former catcher had served as the hitting coach for the Lancaster Barnstormers for the last four years.

Burkhart replaces Patrick Osborn, who left the Blue Crabs to manage one of the New York Yankees’ two affiliates in the rookie-level Gulf Coast League.

Meanwhile, the Sugarland Skeeters announced that manager Gary Gaetti has agreed to a three-year contract extension. A two-time Major League Baseball All-Star, Gaetti has been the manager of the Skeeters since they entered the Atlantic League in 2012.

In other news, the Somerset Patriots announced that hitting coach Shane Spencer and pitching coach Cory Domel will return for the 2014 season yesterday.

I remember Burkhart and Osborn from their playing days, and I’m happy to see them get a chance to move forward in their coaching careers.

And maybe this year, I’ll finally have a chance to get Shane Spencer’s autograph.

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