New Manager Subero brings league experience to Huntsville

By Jason Arndt
Brewers Farm Report

Former Rancho Cucamonga Manager Carlos Subero has been announced as the new Manager of the Double A Huntsville Stars Monday.

The move comes after weeks of speculation and ongoing rumors regarding not only the vacancy, but the future of the Stars in Huntsville.

New Stars' manager Carlos Subero as the field general for the Midwest League's Clinton LumberKings. Subero witnessed the development of All-Star 2B Ian Kinsler and P Edinson Volquez in his three seasons in Clinton.

New Stars’ manager Carlos Subero as the field general for the Midwest League’s Clinton LumberKings. Subero witnessed the development of All-Star 2B Ian Kinsler and P Edinson Volquez in his three seasons in Clinton.

According to an announcement made by the Los Angeles Dodgers on its High A affiliate website January 9, the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes hired PJ Forbes as Manager and noted Subero “took a managerial position with the Milwaukee system.”

In addition, a source close to the situation during December’s Winter Meetings in Orlando indicated Milwaukee planned to hire Subero following the elevation of Darnell Coles to Triple A Nashville.

Huntsville previously filled the managerial vacancy with former Major League outfielder Dave Clark. He eventually departed the organization when the Detroit Tigers offered him a position on the major league coaching staff.

The Stars’ new manager has prior history within the Double A Southern League directing two different teams.

Subero, 41, served as Manager of the Chattanooga Lookouts from 2010-2012 where he posted a combined 215-201 record including two second half division titles in 2011 and 2012.

Prior to his stint with the Lookouts, he managed the Chicago White Sox affiliate Birmingham Barons in 2008. He successfully captured the first half South Division title in his sole season with the Barons.

Subero began his managerial career with the Texas Rangers organization in 2001 when he was with the Gulf Coast League Rangers until 2002.

The Rangers’ organization elevated him to the Single A Clinton LumberKings of the Midwest League for the next three seasons until he moved on to Bakersfield of the California League.

Subero produced two of three winning seasons in the Midwest League including the 2004 season where he witnessed the development of All-Star second baseman Ian Kinsler along with pitcher Edinson Volquez.

The 41-year-old Manager played shortstop the majority of his career as a member of the Kansas City Royals organization from 1991 through 1994 when he moved on to the Texas and Pittsburgh organizations in 1995.

Following a one year layoff from the game, he latched on for a final season in 1997 with the Meridian Brakeman of the independent Big South League.

Hook, Guerrero round out Stars’ coaching staff

Hook

Hook

In conjunction with the Subero announcement, Chris Hook will return for another season as the Stars’ pitching coach and will be joined by coach Sandy Guerrero.

Hook, 45, played two partial seasons with the San Francisco Giants where he combined for a 6-2 record in 1995 and 1996.

The right-hander from San Diego was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Cincinnati Reds in 1989.

Guerrero, 47, played in the Brewers’ organization from 1986-1992 after starting his minor league playing career with the Toronto Blue Jays system in 1984. He compiled a career .281 batting average with an OBP of .347.

The Stars’ coach had his best season in 1988 with the High A Stockton Ports of the California League with 23 stolen bases, 24 doubles, 79 RBI, 80 walks in 139 games.

Guerrero served as the Stars’ hitting coach from 2003-2008 where he assisted with the development of current Brewers’ Ryan Braun, Martin Maldonado and Rickie Weeks.

Hook and Guerrero will be joined by the return of trainer Steve Patera and new strength and conditioning coach Nate Dine and J.R. Rinaldi will serve as the clubhouse manager.

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