Travelers announce coaching staff

The Los Angeles Angels have announced that Bobby Magallanes will manage the Arkansas Travelers during the inaugural season at Dickey-Stephens Park.

Magallanes (pronounced mahg-uh-YAN-us) managed the Angels' Cedar Rapids affiliate (Midwest League – A) for the 2004-2006 seasons. He becomes the 59th manager of the Arkansas Travelers, their 5th skipper as an affiliate of the Angels. Returning as hitting coach is Keith Johnson while Erik Bennett takes over as Travs pitching coach. Brian Reinker will join the Travs as the team's trainer.

Magallanes, 37, joined the Angels as rookie-league hitting instructor in Mesa, AZ, during the 2002 and 2003 seasons. He took over as manager for the Cedar Rapids Kernels in 2004 earning a playoff berth with a 75-64 record. He finishes his three-year stint in Cedar Rapids with a record of 205-213 (.490). Selected by the Angels to manage Scottsdale in the 2006 Arizona Fall League, Magallanes led the Scorpions to a 15-17 record.

A native of Southern California, Magallanes played at Bell High School and Cerritos College (CA) before being selected in the 50th round of the June 1989 draft by Seattle. He played three seasons in the Mariners organization before injuries forced him to miss the 1993 and 1994 seasons. The Chicago Cubs signed him for the 1995 season following a stint in the Texas-Louisiana League. After beginning the 1996 season in the Mexican League, he signed with Houston where he helped Jackson to a Texas League title. Much of Magallanes' career was spent in the Mexican League where he played most of his last six seasons (1995-2001) for the Mexico City Red Devils and Mexico City Tigres, Cancun, Torreon and Puebla. In 2000, he helped the Tigres to a Mexican League Championship with a .301 batting average. His brother, former major leaguer Ever Magallanes, will take over as manager in Cedar Rapids.

Johnson, 35, will spend his fourth season as a coach in the Angels' organization and second in Arkansas. He started the season as Travs batting coach, but took over as manager for the last month when Ty Boykin was placed on family leave. Under Johnson's tutelage, the 2006 Travs led all of Class AA baseball with 158 home runs. He was the batting coach for the 2005 Pioneer League Champion Orem Owlz (rookie-advanced) and previously coached for the 2004 Mesa Angels (Arizona League – rookie). Johnson spent 11 seasons in the minor leagues after signing with the Los Angeles Dodgers as a 4th round pick out of the University of the Pacific in 1992. In 1,340 minor league games, Johnson batted .262 with 125 home runs and 640 RBI. He appeared in 6 games with the Anaheim Angels in the 2000 season collecting two hits in four at bats. Johnson retired following the 2002 season which he spent at the Angels' Class AAA Salt Lake affiliate.

Bennett, 38, is in his 12th season with the Angels organization as a player or coach. Bennett has been a minor league pitching coach for the Angels over the last four years, spending the 2003-2004 seasons at Cedar Rapids and the 2005-2006 seasons at Rancho Cucamonga. He began his professional pitching career as the Angels' fourth round selection in the 1989 draft out of Sacramento State. Over a 10-year career, Bennett put together a 49-48 minor league record with a 4.03 ERA in 226 appearances. He appeared in 38 games in the Texas League with Midland (1992-1993) and Jackson (1999) and also appeared in 25 games in the Majors with the Angels (1995) and Minnesota (1996). He retired following the 1999 season and in 2002 he was the pitching coach for Yuba City in the now defunct Western Baseball League. Bennett resides in his hometown of Yreka, California.

Reinker joins the Travs in his fifth with the Angels organization as a trainer. Reinker worked as the trainer in Mesa of the Arizona Summer League in 2003 and spent 2004 in Cedar Rapids before moving on to Rancho Cucamonga for the 2005 and 2006 seasons. A native of Whitehall, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus, Reinker journeyed out west in 2003 during his final year of college to work with the football and baseball programs at Arizona State University in Tempe. In 2003 Reinker graduated from Capitol University in Columbus, Ohio with a degree in athletic training. Reinker has resided in Tempe, Arizona since moving out west in 2003 and works there for Physiotherapy Associates in the off-season.

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