Buddy Bailey, 51, enters his first full season at the helm of the Daytona Cubs after spending 2008 as the manager of the Tennessee Smokies, Double-A Affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. Bailey led the Daytona Cubs to a 36-31 second half record as the interim manager in 2006. As a player, Bailey never made it to the Major Leagues, but has had a fantastic career as a coach. Besides the Cubs, he has managed in the Atlanta Braves and Boston Red Sox organizations. He has 20 years of managerial experience in Minor League Baseball and over 1,200 wins to his record. Bailey has also managed in the Venezuelan Winter League where he has racked up four championships since 2002.
Richie Zisk, 59, returns to the Cubs as the team’s hitting coach for the fourth consecutive season. Zisk served as the manager in Daytona in 2005. A two-time American League All-Star, Zisk has been a regular in the Cubs organization every season since 1995 and all but two seasons since 1987. This will be his 13th season serving in Daytona where he has been a part of the 1995, 2000, 2004, and 2008 FSL Championships. As a player, Zisk played in the Major Leagues for 13 seasons with the Pirates, White Sox, Rangers and Mariners.
Tom Pratt, 58, returns to Daytona after spending the past two seasons as the pitching coach for the Short Season Boise Hawks. Pratt served as the Cubs pitching coach from 2000-2004 and also during the 2006 season. He spent the 2005 season in Peoria. This will be Pratt’s tenth season in the Cubs organization. As a player, Pratt pitched in the California and Atlanta minor league organizations from 1969-1973.
Bob Grimes returns for his second season with the Daytona Cubs. He spent the four seasons prior to Daytona with the Triple-A Iowa Cubs. Grimes has been in the Chicago Cubs organization for 23 seasons as an athletic trainer.
The Cubs open the 2009 season, April 9th, on the road against the Brevard County Manatees. The Cubs return to Daytona the following day for the home opener at Jackie Robinson Ballpark on April 10th. For ticket information please call (386) 257-3172 or log onto www.daytonacubs.com.