banner
Mudcats

Tucker returns to Mudcats as manager

Posted December 21, 2013

— Eddie “Scooter” Tucker will return to Five County Stadium as the manager of the Carolina Mudcats in 2014, the Cleveland Indians announced earlier Friday. Tucker made his coaching debut in 2012 as hitting coach for the Mudcats under Edwin Rodriguez.

Joining Tucker will be pitching coach Steve Karsay, hitting coach Tony Mansolino and trainer Bobby Ruiz. Strength and conditioning coach Scott Nealon is the only returning member of the 2013 staff.

Tucker, 47, takes the reins in Zebulon, N.C., after serving as manager of the Lake County Captains in 2013. This season marks only his third as a professional coach. His career began in 1988, when the San Francisco Giants drafted him out of Delta State University. He made his Major League debut with the Houston Astros in 1992 and spent three seasons in Big Leagues. Since his retirement in 1996, Tucker has worked in the private sector and scouted for the New York Mets in 2010 and 2011.

The former Major League catcher is ready to get started. “I’m extremely excited. I enjoyed my time so much there as hitting coach,” Tucker said. “From the players and coaches, fans, everything was great. I’m really looking forward to getting to manage in Carolina.”

Tucker becomes the third different manager to lead the Mudcats under the Indians affiliation, but brings an approach to managing young players similar to Rodriguez and 2013 skipper David Wallace.

“I am constantly encouraging them, presenting different ideas and ways to do things, and challenging them to grow,” the Greenville, Miss., native said. “I don’t mind them making mistakes. I view that as a great opportunity to teach.”

Karsay, Mansolino and Ruiz will follow Tucker to Zebulon from Lake County, keeping the majority of his staff intact. Karsay, a first round draft pick by the Toronto Blue Jays in 1990, spent 11 years in the Majors. He pitched for the Cleveland Indians from 1998-2001. Mansolino was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2005 and spent six seasons in the Minors. He is the son of Doug Mansolino, the minor league infield coordinator for the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Indians promoted Wallace to manage Double-A Akron. His staff will also remain largely intact as pitching coach Jeff Harris, hitting coach Rouglas Odor and trainer Jeremy Heller will join him for the Rubber Duck’s inaugural season.

Comments

This story is closed for comments.

Oldest First
View all
  • CBB: North Carolina vs. Ohio State

    Tomorrow at 1:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • CBB: UCLA vs Kentucky

    Tomorrow at 3:30 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: San Diego at San Francisco

    Tomorrow at 8:25 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: Panthers vs. Cleveland

    Monday at 1:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • CBB: UCLA at Kentucky

    Tomorrow at 3:15 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • NFL: Philadelphia at Washington

    Tomorrow at 4:25 pm on 620am

  • NHL: Canes vs. NY Rangers

    Tomorrow at 7:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • CBB: NC State at West Virginia

    Tomorrow at 9:30 pm on WRAL-FM

Scoreboard
Local
Final
PHI 91
CHA 109
Final
PHI 91
CHA 109
Final
ORL 94
UTA 101
Final
CLE 95
BRK 91
Final
BOS 114
MIN 98
Final
DET 100
TOR 110
Final
MIA 103
WAS 105
Final
MEM 97
CHI 103
Final
SAN 119
POR 129
4th
DEN 107
LAC 103
 
Half
LAL 50
OKC 52
 
Final
YOUNG 92
WILB 71
 
Final
TULA 56
JST 49
 
Final
RAD 76
SIENA 66
 
Final
BUCK 88
CASEWEST 65
 
Final
LIB 94
CPNC 65
 
Final
SCAR 68
CLEM 45
Final
CMICH 97
CONC 60
 
Final
MIAMI 44
EKENT 72
Final
GWEBB 91
HIWASSEE 71
 
Final
ODU 60
MDES 43
 
Final
BUF 88
NIAG 62
 
Final
KSU 71
NCAT 57
 
Final
FAM 65
UNF 83
 
Final
NORST 81
NARZ 62
 
Final
DART 58
NILL 55
 
Final
MORE 60
NKENTUCKY 83
 
Final
UCSB 69
SDCHR 46
 
Final
STJ 53
GAELS 47
Final
ALA 69
STILL 49
 
Final
HAMP 66
TENST 54
 
Final
TENN 61
TENT 58
Final
WMARY 86
WSHMD 46
 
Final
MERC 67
COOK 46
 
Final
FLGC 83
FUR 78
 
Final
CALST 49
SDKST 53
 
Final
MTST 68
CHAT 58
Final
NDAK 78
DICKINSON 48
 
Final
LAMON 76
LSUALEX 71
 
Final
PRIN 77
LIP 55
 
Final
LAM 80
MLGN 53
 
Final
MINN 92
SEAT 57
 
Final
LOYC 73
SUTAH 57
 
Final
SELA 81
WINT 71
 
Final
SILL 52
NO 56
 
Final
MARQ 83
ALAAM 49
 
Final
TTU 72
ARKPB 51
 
Final
DEN 84
COLST 85
 
Final
CREI 75
TXPA 60
 
2nd
CAL 56
EWASH 49
 
2nd
UTST 56
IDST 41
 
1st
UTEP 13
ARZ 19
 
11:59pm Tonight
CHAM
HAW
 
Final
NJD 3
TAM 2
Final
OTT 6
ANA 2
Final
DET 1
NYI 2
Final
WIN 2
BOS 1
Final
CAL 1
DAL 2