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Ramsey gets call, returns to guide Suns

December 11, 2003|by BOB PARASILITI

bobp@herald-mail.com

There's something to be said for consistency.

For the San Francisco Giants and the Hagerstown Suns, consistency is named Mike Ramsey.

Ramsey was named Wednesday to return to Hagerstown and guide San Francisco's Single-A affiliate in the South Atlantic League for the third straight year.

He will be joined by pitching coach Maximino Leon and hitting coach Hector Torres.

Ramsey has a 131-144 record with the Suns, including a 68-67 mark in 2003.

Before coming to Hagerstown, Ramsey managed the Orlando Rays, Tampa Bay's affiliate in the Double-A Southern League.

Ramsey spent seven seasons in the Major Leagues as an infielder, mostly with the St. Louis Cardinals. Ramsey had a .240 career batting average, but was known for his defense.

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Leon will start his second stint with the Suns, but first in a permanent capacity. Leon replaced Suns pitching coach Bob Stanley for eight games last season.

It will be Leon's third year as a pitching coach in the Giants' organization, spending his first two in the Arizona Rookie League. Leon pitched for six seasons with a 14-18 record and a 3.70 ERA for Atlanta.

Torres managed for Milwaukee in the Arizona Rookie League in 2003. Torres was a career .216 hitter for nine Major League seasons with five teams, finishing with Toronto in 1977, the Blue Jays inaugural season.

He spent 25 years working in the Blue Jays minor league system in various coaching and managerial capacities.

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