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Suns announce 2007 coaching staff

December 13, 2006

The Hagerstown Suns on Tuesday announced their coaching staff for the 2007 season.

The Suns manager will be Tommy Herr, a lifelong resident of Lancaster, Pa. Herr spent the past two seasons managing the Lancaster Barnstormers of the independent Atlantic League, leading them to the 2006 championship. Prior to his stay in Lancaster, Herr spent 12 years as an assistant coach of Hempfield High in Landisville, Pa., his alma mater.

Herr enjoyed a 13-year career in major league baseball. He is probably best known for his tenure with the St. Louis Cardinals from 1979-88.

In 1985, Herr was an All-Star, batting .302 with 110 RBI and 97 runs scored, helping lead the Cardinals to the World Series. He later played for the Twins, Phillies, Mets and Giants.

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Hitting coach Jerry Browne and pitching coach Paul Menhart come to Hagerstown after working together on the Savannah Sand Gnats staff in 2006.

Browne, a former second baseman and utility player for Texas, Cleveland, Oakland and Florida, was the hitting coach in Augusta in 2005. He led the GreenJackets to a .268 average, third best in the league. Last season in Savannah, the Sand Gnats hit .241.

Menhart also has major league playing experience. He made his big-league debut pitching for Toronto in 1995. He also pitched for Seattle in 1996 and San Diego in 1997. The Sand Gnats pitching staff compiled a 4.65 ERA under Menhart last season.

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