John Tamargo, Jr. will return for his third season as manager of the Lansing Lugnuts in 2014, the Lugnuts announced in conjunction with the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday.
During the 2012 season, his first as a manager, Tamargo led the Lugnuts to a franchise record 82 wins and the first-half Eastern Division championship. Last season, the Lugnuts finished with a 61-78 record in the Midwest League’s Eastern Division.
Prior to his stint as manager, Tamargo, 37, served as Lugnuts' hitting coach during both the 2010 and 2011 seasons. A former Florida Gator, he spent eight seasons in minor leagues before turning to coaching in 2004. His father, John Tamargo, Sr., has compiled 1,164 victories in an impressive minor league managerial career with the Mets, Astros, Brewers and Mariners.
The Lugnuts' 2014 staff is filled out by first-year hitting coach Ken Huckaby, fourth-year pitching coach Vince Horsman and athletic trainer Drew MacDonald.