BRADENTON – The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced their minor league managerial and coaching assignments for the 2012 season and Frank Kremblas will become the Bradenton Marauder's third skipper. The Marauders are the Pirate's "High-A" minor league affiliate and play locally at McKechnie Field. 2013 will be the club's 4th season.
Kremblas is the third manager in the four-year history of the Marauders. Carlos Garcia, who managed the team in 2011 and 2012, was promoted to manage the club's double-A Altoona Curve in 2013.
In 2012, Kremblas held the position of Special Assistant to Minor League Operations for the Pirates. His previous managerial experience includes the Pirates triple-A affiliate in Indianapolis in 2009 and 2010, as well as stints in the Expos and Brewers organizations. He has also found success as a manager in the Venezuelan Winter League, where he is currently managing the Leones del Caracas.
The Marauders will also have new faces at pitching coach and hitting coach in 2013. Justin Meccage will direct the team’s pitching staff, while Edgar Varela will tutor the team’s hitters. Meccage spent his first two years as a professional coach as the pitching coach for the State College Spikes in 2011 and 2012. Varela is beginning his sixth season with the Pirates. He was the hitting coach for low-A West Virginia in 2012.
Dru Scott returns for a second season as athletic trainer for the Marauders, his fifth overall in the Pirates organization. The Bradenton Marauders play their first home game of the 2013 season on Friday, April 5 at McKechnie Field. Season tickets are now available. Season tickets to all 70 home games can be purchased for $300 for an infield seat and $245 for an outfield seat. Season ticket holders receive several exclusive benefits, and first right of refusal for their seat for 2014.
Group tickets, club memberships and premium packages are also available for the 2013 season, which will feature major renovations to the historic park.For more information about the Bradenton Marauders, visit BradentonMarauders.com, call 941-747-3031or email MaraudersInfo@Pirates.com.