(Las Vegas, NV) – The Las Vegas Aviators® professional baseball team of the Pacific Coast League, Triple-A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics, announced today, in conjunction with the A’s Communications Department, that Fran Riordan will return for his sixth season as manager for the A’s Triple-A affiliate for the 2023 season and his fifth season with the Aviators. Riordan is the 25th manager in the history of the Las Vegas franchise (1983 – 2019, 2021-22; 39 seasons). Riordan served as manager for the A’s Triple-A affiliate in Nashville during the 2018 campaign.
The Aviators coaching staff was also announced as Bryan Corey was named pitching coach; Brian McArn returns as hitting coach and Todd Takayoshi was named assistant hitting coach. Shane Zdebiak returns as athletic trainer; Dave Comeau was named assistant athletic trainer and Matt Mosiman returns as sport performance coach.
Riordan (pronounced REAR-den), 47, has compiled 22 seasons overall in professional baseball and has been a member of the Oakland Athletics organization for the past eight seasons (2015-22).
He has compiled an overall managerial record over 21 seasons of 1,160-1,122 (.508). In 2022, the Aviators compiled an overall record of 71-79 (.473) and finished in third place in the PCL West Division.
“I’m really excited to get back to work at Las Vegas Ballpark.” Fran Riordan said. “The fans, front office and community continue to make Las Vegas the best place in Minor League Baseball and I’m honored to be a part of such a great place!”
In 2021, he guided the Aviators to an overall record of 65-61 (.516) in Triple-A West (Western Division) and finished in third place. In 2020, with the Minor League Baseball season canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Riordan worked with the Athletics’ 60-man player pool at the team’s alternate training site located in San Jose, California.
In 2019, he was named Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year and led Triple-A Las Vegas to the second-best record in the 16-team PCL (83-57, .593) and the Aviators captured the Pacific Southern Division Championship. Las Vegas returned to the playoffs for the first time since 2014 and lost to Sacramento, 3-games-to-2, in the conference championship series. The 83-57 record marked a single-season franchise record for winning percentage at .593 (140-game season).
In 2018, he made his Triple-A debut as manager with the Nashville Sounds and…