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Knights bring Skinner back
Manager led Charlotte to Governors' Cup final
 
Published Thursday, December 20, 2012 10:07 am
by Herbert L. White

Joel Skinner will return to the Charlotte Knights for a second season as manager.


Skinner, who led Charlotte to an 83-61 record and the Governors’ Cup finals, will be joined on the staff by pitching coach Richard Dotson and hitting coach Brandon Moore. Trainer Joe Geck, and new strength and conditioning coach Raymond Smith.


“We are very pleased to welcome Joel, Rich, and Joe back to the Knights for the 2013 season,” said Charlotte Knights Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Dan Rajkowski. “In his first year of managing the Knights Joel did a tremendous job in leading our team and developing our young talent.”


Skinner, 51, led the Knights to the club’s second highest win total in franchise history. Charlotte posted a 33-19 record after the All-Star Break and made the playoffs for the first time since 2006. Seventeen Knights were promoted to the major league Chicago White Sox in 2012.


“I’m really looking forward to returning to the Knights for the 2013 season,” Skinner said in a statement. “Every year brings new challenges and I enjoy watching the players develop into championship caliber players for the Chicago White Sox.”


Skinner played 15 seasons of professional baseball, including nine seasons in the majors with the White Sox (1983-86), New York Yankees (1986-88) and Cleveland (1989-91).


Dotson, 53, returns for his sixth season with the Knights and 12th in the White Sox organization. In 2012, Charlotte’s staff allowed the fewest runs in the International League (446) and finished tied for the league lead in earned run average (3.15).


As a player, Dotson spent 12 seasons in the majors with the White Sox (1979-87, 89), Yankees (1988-89), and Royals (1990). He finished fourth in the American League Cy Young award voting in 1983 after posting a 22-7 record and a 3.23 ERA for the White Sox. He was an American League All-Star in 1984.


Moore, 40, will make his Knights coaching debut in 2013 after spending the 2012 season as the hitting coach for AA Birmingham. Moore returned to the White Sox system in 2012 after working in the Pittsburgh system from 2005-2011. He previously served in the White Sox system as a hitting coach for Bristol (2001-02) and Kannapolis (2003-04).


During his playing days, Moore spent seven seasons in the White Sox minor league system (1994-00) and appeared in 186 games for the Knights from 1999-2000, hitting .284 over 90 games in 1999.


Geck, 44, enters his 21st season in the White Sox system and third with the Knights. Previously, Geck served as the head trainer for AA Birmingham from 2001-2010. In 2002, he was named Southern League Athletic Trainer of the Year.


Smith, 34, will enter his first season as Charlotte’s strength and conditioning coach. A native of Winston-Salem, Smith spent the past five seasons with Birmingham earning back-to-back Southern League Strength Coach of the Year Honors in 2010 and 2011.
 

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