Quakes announce coaching staff

The Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, in cooperation with their parent Major League club, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, have finalized their field staff for the upcoming 2007 season.

Returning to the helm of the Quakes is Bobby Mitchell. Mitchell, 51, led the Quakes to a 63-77 finish in his first season with the Quakes in 2006. Last season was Mitchell's first year as a minor league manager following 14 seasons as a roving minor league instructor. He first joined the Angels organization in 2003 after spending time working for the Montreal Expos and San Diego Padres. Mitchell was originally a seventh-round draft pick of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1977 amateur draft and went on to play four seasons in Major League Baseball with the Dodgers and Minnesota Twins, hitting .243 over 202 games. Mitchell attended the University of Southern California and played under legendary baseball coach Rod Dedeaux.

Craig Grebeck returns for his second season as the Quakes hitting coach. Grebeck, 42, had a 12-year Major League career after being signed in 1986 by the Chicago White Sox as an undrafted free-agent out of California State University- Dominguez Hills. In addition to the White Sox, Grebeck also logged time with the Florida Marlins, Angels, and Toronto Blue Jays before wrapping up his career with the Boston Red Sox in the 2001 season. The scrappy, 5-foot-7 utility infielder was a lifetime .261 hitter with 19 homers and 187 RBI in 752 career games, spending the bulk of his time shifting between second base, shortstop, and third base. He began his coaching career in 2005 with the Angels' rookie affiliate in the Arizona League.

Ken Patterson will assume duties as the Quakes pitching coach for 2007. Patterson, 42, comes to the Quakes after spending 2006 as the pitching coach for the Arkansas Travelers, the Angels' Double-A Texas League affiliate. In 2005 Patterson served in the same capacity in the Philadelphia Phillies organization with the Batavia Muckdogs of the New York-Penn League. A veteran of parts of seven seasons in Major League Baseball, Patterson compiled a 14-8 record and 3.88 ERA in 224 appearances with the White Sox, Chicago Cubs, and the Angels. In 1992, he was packaged alongside Sammy Sosa in the White Sox' infamous trade that sent a young Sosa across town to the Cubs in exchange for George Bell. Patterson was a third-round selection of the New York Yankees in the 1985 amateur draft out of Baylor University.

Eric Munson joins the Quakes as the athletic trainer. Munson comes to Rancho Cucamonga after spending the past two seasons with the Cedar Rapids Kernels, the Angels' Low-A affiliate in the Midwest League. He graduated from North Dakota State University in May of 2004 with a degree in athletic training.

The Rancho Cucamonga Quakes are the Advanced-A California League affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and open their 2007 season on Thursday, April 5th at home against the Lake Elsinore Storm. For information about ticket packages and group outings, please call (909) 481-5000.

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