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Wednesday, 15 November 2006 08:05
BeaversColbert returns for fourth season; Castro, Lance, Sinon round out staff

PORTLAND, Ore. — Craig Colbert will return as the manager of the Portland Beavers for a fourth season, it was announced yesterday as the San Diego Padres named the 2007 field staff for their Triple-A affiliate.

Hitting coach Jose Castro and pitching coach Gary Lance both return to Portland for a third season, while athletic trainer Will Sinon is set to mark his second campaign with the club.

In three seasons at the helm of the Beavers, Colbert, 41, has compiled a 222-209 (.515) record. Portland went 68-76 under Colbert in 2006, with the club finishing third in the Pacific Conference North Division of the Pacific Coast League.

In 2004, Colbert, who resides in Portland, led the Beavers to a division title, a playoff berth and the best record in Triple-A Baseball at 84-60.

Colbert’s return marks just the fourth time in the Beavers’ 92-year franchise history that a manager will lead the team for a fourth consecutive season.  

A native of Iowa City, Iowa, Colbert was a back-to-back recipient (2000-01) of the Jack Krol Award for excellence in player development in the Padres chain. Since beginning his managerial career in 2000 with San Diego’s Class A Fort Wayne affiliate, the former major league catcher has a 522-463 (.530) record, leading his team to the postseason in three of his seven seasons. The veteran skipper, who posted his 500th career victory on July 19, 2006, was named the PCL’s “Best Manager Prospect” in Baseball America’s annual “Best Tools” survey at the end of the 2006 season.

Colbert concluded a 13-year playing career as a player-coach with the Padres’ Triple-A affiliate in Las Vegas in 1998, serving as a coach with the Stars in 1999 as well. Colbert played in the San Francisco Giants, Cleveland Indians and Padres organizations from 1986-98, including 72 games in the major leagues with San Francisco in 1992 and 1993. Colbert was drafted by the Giants in the 20th round of the 1986 draft out of Manhattan (KS) High School.

Castro, 48, marks his 31st season in professional baseball in 2007. Castro joined the Beavers in 2005 from Class AA Mobile, where he helped guide the BayBears to a Southern League co-championship in 2004 during his first year in the Padres organization.

Prior to joining the Padres, Castro, who resides in Miami, Fla., spent the previous two seasons as a Triple-A hitting coach in a second go-around with the Montreal Expos organization after 10 seasons coaching in the Florida Marlins minor league system. With the Marlins, Castro coached with four different teams, including Class AA Portland (Maine; 1994; 1999-2001), Class A Brevard County (1995-98), Class A Kane County (1993) and Class A Erie (1992). 

Castro began his coaching career with the Expos, serving as the hitting coach at Class A Jamestown in 1990 and Class A Rockford in 1991 after wrapping up a 14-year minor league playing career.

As a player, Castro, an infielder, was selected by Philadelphia in the 27th round of the 1977 draft out of Miami’s Jackson High School. He reached the Triple-A level during stints with the Phillies, Montreal, Chicago (AL), Toronto and Kansas City.

Lance, 58, also joined the Beavers in 2005 after serving as the pitching coach with Mobile, where he spent part of the 2003 season and all of the 2004 campaign.

A veteran of 24 years of minor league coaching, Lance, who resides in Prosperity, S.C., has served two stints with the Padres organization. Previously, he was the pitching coach for the Padres’ Class A Charleston affiliate from 1986-88 before moving on to Class AA Wichita in 1989 and Las Vegas a year later.

He rejoined the San Diego system in 2002 with Fort Wayne and marks his 11th year with the Padres in 2007.

Lance began his coaching career in 1983 in the Oakland Athletics system, where he spent three seasons. For his career, Lance has coached in six different minor league organizations, also including Montreal (Class A Albany, 1991; Class A Sumter, 1992), Kansas City (Class A Wilmington, 1993-94; Wichita, 1995-97; Triple-A Omaha, 1998-99), Toronto (Triple-A Syracuse; 2000) and New York Mets (Class A St. Lucie, 2001).

As a right-handed pitcher, Lance spent the majority of his playing career in the Royals organization, pitching in one major league game for Kansas City on Sept. 28, 1977. He worked two innings and suffered the loss to Oakland’s Vida Blue in his lone big league appearance. In 1974, the Greenville, S.C., native tossed a no-hitter while pitching for Class AA Jacksonville. Lance concluded his playing career in the minors with the Seattle Mariners.

Sinon marks his 10th season as an athletic trainer in the Padres organization and joined the Beavers in 2006 after serving the three previous seasons (2003-05) with Mobile, where he earned Southern League Trainer of the Year honors in 2003. Prior to his arrival in Mobile, Sinon spent two seasons as the athletic trainer at Fort Wayne (2001-2002). He was also the athletic trainer for rookie-level Idaho Falls in 2000 and rookie-level Peoria from 1998-99.

A graduate of the University of La Verne (CA) with a degree in athletic training, Sinon is also a certified strength and conditioning specialist and makes his off-season home in Ladera Ranch, Calif.
 
 
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