The Stockton Ports have announced their field staff for the 2015 season. In conjunction with the Oakland Athletics, Rick Magnante will enter his first season as manager for the Ports, and joining him are pitching coach Rick Rodriguez, hitting coach Brian McArn, athletic trainer Travis Tims, strength coach Henry Torres, and clubhouse manager Vic Zapien.
Magnante will be joining the Ports in his 13th season with the A’s organization, having served as the manager of Class-A Beloit in 2014. Magnante previously spent eight seasons with the A’s short-season teams in Vermont (2011-2013) and Vancouver (2006-2010). Magnante acted as a scout with the Athletics’ prior to his coaching career from 1995-2005 and has been credited with signing both Barry Zito and Bobby Crosby to the A’s organization. Magnante served as the manager of the South African National Team during the 2006 and 2009 World Baseball Classics and managed the team during the 2013 qualifying tournament. The University of California, Santa Barbara alumnus was drafted in the 13th round of the 1969 draft by the Cleveland Indians and spent one year in the minor leagues with their Class-A affiliate.
Rodriguez will serve as pitching coach for the Ports, marking his first season with Stockton. Rodriguez served as the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats’ pitching coach for the past two seasons and previously acted as the A’s bullpen coach in 2011 and 2012. The University of California, Riverside alumnus spent an additional ten seasons with the River Cats as pitching coach from 2000-2002 and 2004-2010, and in 2003 he managed the Athletics’ Class-A affiliate at the time, the Modesto A’s. Rodriguez was drafted by the A’s in the second round of the 1981 draft, having spent two years with the major league club and five in the minors. The Oakland, CA native also spent a year pitching for both the San Francisco Giants (1990) and Cleveland Indians (1988).
McArn, an Elk Grove native, will be re-joining the Ports in his second consecutive year as Stockton’s hitting coach and 18th with the A’s organization. McArn spent the 2011 and 2012 seasons in Stockton before getting promoted to Double-A Midland in 2013. Previously, McArn has also coached for Triple-A Sacramento and Advanced-A Modesto.
Tims will enter his third season in Stockton as the Ports’ athletic trainer and seventh with the A’s organization. Prior to joining Stockton, he spent 2012 with Low-A Burlington Bees and acted as athletic trainer in short-season from 2008-2011. In 2010, Tims was named Northwest League’s Athletic Trainer of the Year.
Torres will be joining the Ports in his second year with the Athletics organization and his first as Stockton’s strength coach. The University of Texas, San Antonio alumnus spent the 2014 season with the Short-Season Class-A Vermont Lake Monsters. Prior to joining the Athletics, Torres was the strength and conditioning coach for the Idaho Falls Chukars, the Rookie League affiliate of the Kansas City Royals, in 2013.
Zapien is entering his 11th season with the Stockton Ports and 10th as clubhouse manager, having originally joined the organization as a bat boy. Following his inaugural season, Zapien was promoted to the team’s clubhouse manager. Zapien has represented the Ports as the California League All-Star team’s clubhouse manager three times (2007, 2011, 2013) and was named the California League Clubhouse Manager of the Year in 2010.
“We are thrilled to welcome our new field staff. I am excited for our opportunity to win an unprecedented 12th League championship title,” said Ports President Pat Filippone. “We wish Ryan Christenson the best with his opportunity in Midland.”
Former Ports manager, Ryan Christenson, will be joining Double-A Midland as manager. In Stockton, Christenson led the team to an 85-55 record and a second-half division title.
The Stockton Ports’ Opening Night is scheduled for Thursday, April 16th vs. the Visalia Rawhide. Season tickets and mini-plans are now available by contacting the Ports’ front office at 209-644-1900.