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Kelly Returns as Bats Announce Coaching Staff for 2023 Season

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January 17, 2023 – International League (IL)Louisville Bats News Release

LOUISVILLE, KY – The Louisville Bats today announced their coaching staff for the upcoming 2023 Triple-A baseball season. Headed by returning manager Pat Kelly, the staff will feature pitching coach Virgil Vazquez, hitting coach Alex Peláez, coach Vince Harrison, coach Mike Jacobs, athletic trainer Steve Gober, assistant athletic trainer Kelsey Branstetter and strength and conditioning coach Daniel Donohue.

Kelly, 67, returns for his fourth consecutive season at the helm of the Bats. In the last three seasons in Louisville, Kelly has led the Bats to a 115-163 record. The Santa Maria, California native has spent 31 seasons managing in the minor leagues for 16 teams, including Richmond (2003-05), Syracuse (1999-2000), Ottawa (1997-98), Harrisburg (1995-96), Chattanooga (1993-94), Indianapolis (1991-92), Rockford (1991), Las Vegas (1990), Wichita (1988-89), Reno (1987) and Charleston (1986).

According to the MiLB Office, his career record as a minor league manager is 1,880-2,017. In a 10-0 victory vs Nashville on 8/13/21 at Louisville Slugger Field, Kelly was credited with his 1,800th career victory. Through the 2021 season, he is 1 of just 4 minor league managers with at least 1,880 wins (Buddy Bailey 2195, Rick Sweet 2101, Tom Kotchman 1944).

Kelly was named Manager of the Year in the Pioneer League with Billings in 2012. He has also managed overseas in various winter leagues during the Minor League offseason and the won Manager of the Year award in the Puerto Rican Winter League in 2010 and 2016.

Vasquez, 40, is in his first season with the organization. Before joining the Reds, he spent 8 seasons in a player development role for the Twins, beginning with their rookie Gulf Coast League affiliate (2015) through a stint with Class AAA St. Paul in 2022. Vasquez was drafted by the Tigers in 2003 and pitched professionally over 12 seasons.

A former Bat, Peláez, 46, enters his third season as the Bats hitting coach and 15th season in the organization. Prior to joining the Louisville staff, Peláez spent time as the hitting coach with Single-A Daytona (2017-19), Double-A Pensacola (2014-16), Single-A Dayton (2011-13), Rookie Billings (2010) and the Rookie GCL Reds (2009). In addition to his time in the minor leagues, he served as hitting coach for Team Mexico in the 2017 World Baseball Classic and in the 2016 WBC Qualifiers. A 1998 draft pick for San Diego, Peláez went on to play 8…

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