This is Butler's second minor league managerial role after leading the Gulf
Coast Mets of the Florida State League in 2004. Since wrapping up his playing
career in 1997, the 48-year old Butler has also worked as a spring training
advisor for the Los Angeles Dodgers (2002) and a roving
outfielder/baserunning/bunting consultant in the New York Mets' system in 2003.
Butler had a 17-year Major League playing career that began in 1979 with Atlanta
and included stops with Cleveland, San Francisco, Los Angeles and the Mets. He
was a lifetime .290 hitter over 2,213 career games and was only one of 26
players in history to compile at least 500 stolen bases and 2000 career hits.
Butler will be the third manager in as many years for the JetHawks who have
reached the California League Playoffs the past two years under managers Bill
Plummer and Wally Backman in 2005 and 2004 respectively.
The remainder of the JetHawks coaching staff will be named at a later date.