Clearwater Coaching Staff Announced

Manager– Ernie Whitt:   Whitt’s coaching career first came to prominence in his capacity as manager of the Canadian national baseball team. In the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, he guided the team to a 4th-place finish in the baseball tournament. Whitt also managed the Canadian national baseball team to a 3rd place finish in Pool B at the 2006 World Baseball Classic.

Whitt also served as both the Blue Jays’ bench coach and first base coach starting in 2005, and was rumoured to be a potential replacement for then-encumbent manager John Gibbons until Gibbons and several coaches were fired midway through the 2008 season. He currently coaches in the Philadelphia Phillies’ minor league system.

Pitching coach:  Dave Lundquist:   Originally drafter by the White Sox in the 5th round in 1993 he made his major league debut with the Sox in 1999.  He appeared in 37 game total in his major league career, and 250 in the minors.  Began coaching in the minors in 2006 and was the Lakewood Blueclaws pitching coach in 2008.

Coaches:  Ramon Henderson & Kevin Jordan.

Ramon Henderson was the bullpen coach Major League Baseball for the Philadelphia Phillies from 1998-2008. He has since been reassigned to an undetermined minor league coaching position. Henderson also played minor league baseball as an infielder in the Phillies organization from 1982 until 1989.  Ramon has become best known, however, for his role in the 2005 and 2006 Major League Baseball All-Star Games, where he pitched to the Home Run Derby champions both years (Phillies outfielder Bobby Abreu and Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard, respectively). His performance in the 2005 Derby led to the well-publicized requests of Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz and Baltimore Orioles shortstop Miguel Tejada to have Henderson pitch to them as well in the 2006 Derby [1].

Henderson missed most of the 2008 season for personal reasons.

Kevin Jordan spent his entire major league career with the Phillies, playing with the club for seven seasons (1995-2001). A career .258 hitter with 23 home runs in 560 games, Jordan played first, second and third base. He last played professionally in 2004 for the Camden Riversharks in the independent Atlantic League. That season, he hit .248 with two home runs and 34 RBI in 67 games.

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