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Giants' Suns name Hayes manager

December 16, 2000

Giants' Suns name Hayes manager



By BOB PARASILITI / Staff Writer


It won't be a homecoming for Bill Hayes, but it might be the next best thing.

Hayes will be returning to the state of Maryland where his baseball career started after being named the first manager of the Hagerstown Suns under the San Francisco Giants affiliation on Friday.

Hayes, who will be celebrating his 25th year in professional baseball, will be joined on the Suns bench by pitching coach Jerry Cram, coach Bert Hunter and trainer Rob Knepper.

The Cheverly, Md., native has managed and coached at every level of professional baseball, starting with a six-year stint in the Colorado Rockies system and another six years with the Chicago Cubs.

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He will be in his second season with the Giants, spending last season guiding the Double A Shreveport Captains of the Texas League to an Eastern Division first-half championship and an overall record of 58-81.

Hayes was a catcher and a first-round draft choice in 1978. He played for the Cubs organization from 1978-85 and again in 1987 after a short stint with Kansas City. He made two short trips to the majors with the Cubs in 1980 and 1981.

Cram will start his 34th year in pro baseball, but his first with the Giants after working as pitching coach for the Double-A Carolina Mudcats last season. The Mudcats had a 3.86 team ERA last season.

He coached the Asheville Tourists in 1999 after spending 28 years with the Kansas City organization, the last 14 as the organizational pitching instructor.

Cram started his professional career in 1967 with the Minnesota organization, where he stayed for one season before being selected by the Royals in the expansion draft. He made his big league debut with the Royals in 1969.

Hunter will be in his fourth year with the Giants and comes to Hagerstown after spending three years with Salem-Keizer in the Single-A Northwest League. He played nine years professionally with the Astros (1985-91) and the Mets (1992-93).

Knepper will be in his second season with the Giants after spending last season at Bakersfield in the Single-A California League.

The Toronto Blue Jays, the Suns affiliate for the last eight seasons, will now be based in Charleston, W.Va. The Alley Cats will be managed by Rolando Pino and pitching coach Hector Berrios. It will be Pino's third year and Berrios' fourth in the South Atlantic League. Hitting coach Ken Landreaux was promoted to Triple-A Syracuse.

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