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

Please to add a comment.

Oldest First
View all
  • ACC: Wake Forest at Duke

    Tonight at 8:00 on WRAL-TV

  • ACC: Syracuse at NC State

    Saturday at 12:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • SEC: Florida at Kentucky

    Saturday at 2:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • Pac 12: Stanford at Arizona

    Saturday at 4:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • ACC: Duke vs. Wake Forest

    Tonight at 8:00 on Buzz Sports Radio

  • Big Ten: Wisconsin at Minnesota

    Tomorrow at 7:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • NBA: Dallas at Portland

    Tomorrow at 9:30 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • NHL: Hurricanes vs. Minnesota

    Friday at 8:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

Scoreboard
Local
7:30pm Tonight
BRK
CHA
8:00pm Tonight
DUKE
WAKE
Final
LOS 4
CWS 6
 
Final
CLE 4
CIN 2
 
Final
TEX 2
KAN 13
 
Final
SFG 2
OAK 9
 
Final
SEA 4
SDP 3
 
Final
MIL 8
WMIL 0
 
Final
COL 3
ARI 6
 
1st
MIN 0
UMIN 0
 
1st
IND 22
NYK 15
 
1st
ORL 21
PHO 17
 
7:30pm Tonight
BRK
CHA
7:30pm Tonight
TOR
CLE
7:30pm Tonight
BOS
UTA
8:00pm Tonight
MIN
DEN
8:00pm Tonight
NOP
DET
8:00pm Tonight
MIA
LAL
8:00pm Tonight
HOU
MEM
8:00pm Tonight
OKC
PHI
8:30pm Tonight
SAN
SAC
10:30pm Tonight
GSW
MIL
10:30pm Tonight
LAC
POR
2nd
UNCA 49
LIB 44
 
2nd
PSU 38
OSU 37
 
1st
USB 16
BING 14
 
1st
FORD 15
DUQ 16
 
1st
GMAS 11
GWU 9
 
1st
UNH 14
HART 13
 
1st
STJOE 17
LAS 11
 
1st
Terriers 20
LIU 16
 
1st
GTDNS 28
MAINE 12
 
1st
LOU 21
ND 26
 
1st
SHU 20
PROV 19
 
1st
BRY 19
SHU 23
 
1st
MORE 14
SEMIZ 16
 
1st
MNTER 13
RFLSH 15
 
1st
LSU 22
TENN 18
 
1st
SFLA 25
UCF 8
 
1st
VERM 17
UMBC 10
 
1st
RMU 32
WAGN 20
 
7:30pm Tonight
UMASS
RICH
8:00pm Tonight
TULA
HOU
8:00pm Tonight
YALE
HOW
 
8:00pm Tonight
PITT
MIAMI
8:00pm Tonight
TXPA
NMST
 
8:00pm Tonight
MSU
PURD
8:00pm Tonight
STLU
BONA
8:00pm Tonight
DUKE
WAKE
9:00pm Tonight
TULSA
CIN
9:00pm Tonight
VANDY
MSST
9:00pm Tonight
EILL
SIUE
9:00pm Tonight
MARQ
STJ
9:00pm Tonight
OKST
TCU
9:00pm Tonight
UCLA
USC
9:00pm Tonight
WYO
UTST
10:00pm Tonight
FRES
AFA
10:00pm Tonight
SJST
BSU
10:00pm Tonight
NEV
COLST
10:00pm Tonight
ILL
NEB
11:00pm Tonight
ORST
OREG
11:00pm Tonight
UNLV
SDST
11:59pm Tonight
HAW
UCSB
 
7:30pm Tonight
WIN
OTT
8:00pm Tonight
DET
NYR
10:00pm Tonight
ANA
MON
10:00pm Tonight
COL
PIT