D'Backs Announce 2005 Coaching Staff

<i>Bell will be Melvin's right hand man</i>

The Diamondbacks announced their 2005 coaching staff under newly hired manager Bob Melvin today, as well as appointed a replacement to former Assistant General Manager Sandy Johnson who left to work with the New York Mets.

The Diamondbacks today announced the coaching staff that will work under Bob Melvin for the 2005 season.

Jay Bell--In his first year of coaching Bell rejoins the Diamondbacks as Melvin's bench coach. Bell returns after finishing his playing career with the Mets.

Mike Davis--Returns as Pitching Coach, a position he assumed last season after Bob Brenly was fired. He has coached in the Majors for the last three seasons and started his coaching career as a pitching coach in the Diamondbacks farm system.

Glenn Sherlock--After finishing beginning last season as the Diamondbacks' first base coach, and ending it as their third base coach, Sherlock will return to the position he held for the previous six seasons, Bullpen Coach. The longest tenured member of the D'Backs coaching staff, he's been with the club since its inception in 1998.

Mike Aldrete--Come with Melvin from Seattle, where he was the first base coach, and will serve as hitting coach under Melvin this season. Aldrete also coached in the Diamondbacks farm system, first with the Yakima Bears and then with the Lancaster JetHawks.

Carlos Tosca--Tosca was the Manager of the Toronto Blue Jays for two seasons, but was fired in August of last season. He brings 27 years of coaching experience, including several in the Diamondbacks farm system. He will be the third base coach under Melvin.

Brett Butler--After a successful major league career as a player Butler has worked the past two seasons in the Mets minor league organization. He will be the first base coach this season.

In addition the Diamondbacks today also announced that Bob Gephard was hired to replace Sandy Johnson as the Assistant General Manager. Gephard comes from the St. Louis Cardinals, where he served as Vice President and Special Assistant to the General Manager. He also worked with Montreal, Minnesota, and was the original General Manager of the Colorado Rockies.

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