BanditsMedia040710js_1 New Quad Cities River Bandits manager Johnny Rodriguez in the dugout, Wednesday, April 7, 2010, during media day at Modern Woodman Park. (John Schultz / Quad-City Times)

John Schultz

Quad-Cities River Bandits manager Johnny Rodriguez spent Friday afternoon working out with his son, Tampa Bay Rays infielder Sean Rodriguez, on a baseball diamond in Arizona.

In a little more than three months, he'll begin working out the players who hope to fill the Quad-Cities roster in 2011.

St. Louis announced Friday that Rodriguez will return for a second season with the River Bandits and that pitching coach Tim Leveque and hitting coach Joe Kruzel will return as well.

"I'm looking forward to coming back," Rodriguez said. "We had such a good run at it last season and to keep the staff together, that is big. We worked well together."

Rodriguez led Quad-Cities to an 83-55 record in 2010, the second-highest win total in the franchise's 50-year history.

The River Bandits won the first-half championship in the Midwest League Western Division and finished with the best overall record in the division before bowing out in the opening round of postseason play.

"Our approach next season will be the same. I want to win 100 games, win both halves in the division, those will always be the goal. Our guys gave it all they had last season at a level where players get their first real test," Rodriguez said.

"To have the same voices teaching, that was important to me because there is so much teaching that takes place at this level as players adjust to a 140-game schedule. It's a daily task as the guys learn how to grind out their first full season."

Like Rodriguez, Leveque will be working with the River Bandits for the second season. Kruzel will be returning for his fourth year as the Quad-Cities hitting coach.

St. Louis also announced that Eric Bauer will be the team's trainer next season. Bauer filled the same role in 2007 and spent last season at short-season Batavia after working two years in Palm Beach.