Miami has added two new head coaches to their minor league staff. Joe Frisaro, blogger for MLB.com, is reporting that the Miami Marlins have assigned Andy Haines to manage the triple A New Orleans Zephyrs and Brian Schneider to manage the Jupiter Hammerheads.
— Joe Frisaro (@JoeFrisaro) January 22, 2014
Haines has steadily moved up the coaching ranks for the Marlins, getting his start in the New York-Penn League with the Jamestown Jammers in 2009. He progressed to Greensboro the following year, and proceeded to win the league championship in 2011. In 2012 he was promoted to the Florida State League where he has managed the Jupiter Hammerheads for the last 2 years, which included a Championship appearance. Haines played catcher in college.
Schneider enjoyed a 13 year career, mostly as a backup catcher, that ended in 2012. Interestingly, he played his entire career in the N.L. East, playing for the Expos, Nationals, Mets, and Phillies. Schneider appears to be what is commonly known as a “baseball lifer”.
It is apparent that the Marlins really like to employ catchers as coaches, with Mike Redmond, Andy Haines, and Brian Schneider all spending time behind the dish in their baseball career’s. I like Haines. I think he will do well in New Orleans, but I think Miami will miss his player development with some of the younger players that he has exhibited in prior seasons at the lower levels. I hope Schneider is able to pick up where he has left off.
The coaches will start working when spring rolls around. Be there too by getting your Miami Marlins spring training tickets here.