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Sports

Cougars: Vince Harrison named new manager

Former Cougars manager Blake Lalli promoted to Double-A Jackson Generals

Headshots courtesy of Sarah Sachs/Arizona Diamondbacks
Headshots courtesy of Sarah Sachs/Arizona Diamondbacks

GENEVA – The Kane County Cougars organization announced on Tuesday official changes to its coaching staff, including manager, for the 2019 season.

Succeeding former manager Blake Lalli will be Vince Harrison, the older brother of MLB outfielder, Josh Harrison. Vince Harrison returns to the organization since 2015, where he previously served as hitting coach under then-manager Mark Grudzielanek.

Harrison spent the 2018 season with Double-A Jackson, where he also served as hitting coach for the Southern League champions.

Lalli has officially been announced as the manager of the Jackson Generals, and he will bring former Cougars hitting coach Rick Short and coach Jorge Cortés along with him.

Harrison will be joined by: Mike Parrott (pitching coach), Micah Franklin (hitting coach) and coach Carlos Mesa. Mesa returns to Kane County for his second consecutive season. Athletic trainer Kelly Boyce and strength coach Tim Queck round out the staff.

Parrott spent the past three seasons with Short-Season A Hillsboro. Parrott enjoyed a major league career for five seasons, pitching for the Baltimore Orioles in 1977 and the Seattle Mariners from 1978-81.

In 119 career games, Parrott started 68 and went 19-39 with a 4.87 earned run average. Parrott was drafted in the first round (15th overall) of the 1973 MLB Amateur Draft and made his major league debut four years later.

Franklin is in his third season coaching within the Diamondbacks system, serving last season as hitting coach in Hillsboro.

The Cougars narrowly missed the postseason in September and open the 2019 season Thursday, April 4 against the Clinton LumberKings at Northwestern Medicine Field.

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