Omar Lopez, a six-year minor-league manager in the Houston Astros organization, was named today as the manager for the 2013 Quad-Cities River Bandits.
His staff with the Midwest League club will include a veteran hitting coach and two former major-league players.
Joel Chimelis will be the River Bandits’ hitting coach, beginning his eighth year in the Houston system, while former Astros pitcher Dave Borkowski and 11-year major-league outfielder Vince Coleman will work as the clubs pitching and outfield and baserunning development specialist, respectively.
Lopez, 36, managed rookie-level Greeneville in the Appalachian League the past two seasons and previously managed the Astros’ Gulf Coast League and Venezuelan Summer League teams.
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He spent three years as an infielder in the White Sox and Diamondbacks organization, playing in 1998 for the Midwest League’s South Bend Silver Hawks.