Marty Brown will be back for his third season as manager of the Buffalo Bisons in 2005, the parent Cleveland Indians announced today.
Brown, 41, was named Baseball America's minor-league manager of the year after leading the Bisons to the Governors' Cup championship last season. He will join all-time victory leader Brian Graham and Buffalo Baseball Hall of Famer Terry Collins as the only men to manage the Herd for three seasons during its modern era.
Brown is 156-131 in his two years, including an 83-61 mark in 2004. Graham holds the franchise record with 253 wins.
"I'm very excited about returning to the Bisons for another season," said Brown. "I'm looking forward to the challenge of bringing another championship to the fans of Western New York."
"We are very fortunate to have the minor league manager of the year back for a third season," said Mike Buczkowski, the Herd's vice president/general manager. "Marty's great leadership skills and baseball knowledge give us the opportunity to be successful again in 2005."
Brown will be rejoined on the 2005 staff by pitching coach Ken Rowe and trainer Nick Paparesta. But the Bisons are in the market for a hitting coach because former Buffalo infielder Carlos Garcia was named first base coach of the Seattle Mariners on Monday.
Garcia helped direct an offense that set franchise records in batting average (.297) and runs (848) last season. In his first big-league coaching job, he will work under new Seattle manager Mike Hargrove, the former Cleveland skipper.
Rowe, 70, will be in his fourth season as Buffalo's pitching coach (he also served in 1999 and 2000). Rowe took over last season after Terry Clark was fired in May and the Bisons went 60-32 with a 4.23 earned run average the rest of the way, cutting nearly 1 1/2 runs off the team ERA.
The Indians also announced that Buffalo Baseball Hall of Famer Torey Lovullo, the infielder who starred on Buffalo's 1997 and 1998 championship teams, has been promoted to manager of Double-A Akron. Lovullo managed Class A Kinston the last two seasons.