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Pedrique named to finish year at helm
07/02/2004 6:07 PM ET
PHOENIX, AZ -- The Arizona Diamondbacks today named Al Pedrique as manager for the remainder of the 2004 season. Pedrique replaces Bob Brenly, who was dismissed from his managerial role earlier today. He inherits a club that has gone 29-50 just a day before the halfway point in the 2004 season.

The Diamondbacks also announced a restructuring of the coaching staff, with pitching coach Chuck Kniffin dismissed from his duties and bullpen coach Mark Davis taking over the role as pitching coach. Glenn Sherlock will move from first base coach to third base and Tommy Jones, the organization's Director of Player Development, will take over the chores as the first base coach. Replacing Davis as the bullpen coach will be Dennis Lewallyn, formerly the minor league roving pitching instructor and in his ninth year as a coach in the Diamondbacks' system. Also, Robin Yount resigned his position as the team's bench coach and has been replaced by Lorenzo Bundy, formerly the hitting coach for the Tucson Sidewinders.

"We felt that Al's familiarity with the young players on our club that have come up through the organization best served our needs as a manager at this time," said Jerry Colangelo, Chairman and CEO of the Diamondbacks. "This has been a tough year for all of us within the organization and I felt that promoting Al to this role as well as the other staff changes were the most prudent moves we could make at this time."

Pedrique, 43, was in his first year as the Diamondbacks' third base coach after spending eight of the last nine seasons as a minor league manager, while serving as a hitting coach in 1998 (New Orleans-AAA). He was at the helm for the last two seasons with the Tucson Sidewinders, posting back-to-back winning records, the first time that had occurred for the Tucson franchise since 1994-95 when it was a Houston affiliate. Pedrique's 2003 club finished with a 73-71 record despite using 62 different players during the course of the season. He also managed El Paso in 2001, his first year in the Arizona system after managerial stints in the Kansas City and Houston chains. A native of Venezuela, Al has also managed in the Venezuelan Winter League (1998-99) and recorded an Arizona Fall League best 29-15 record at the helm of the Scottsdale Scorpions in 2002.

Al joins Ozzie Guillen, in his first year at the helm with the Chicago White Sox, as the only natives of Venezuela to ever manage a major league team. Pedrique had a 17-year professional playing career as an infielder, featuring big league stops with the New York Mets, Pittsburgh Pirates and Detroit Tigers. His best year as a player was 1987 when he was named the shortstop on Baseball Digest's All-Rookie Team.

Kniffin, 53, was in his third season as the Diamondback pitching coach after five years serving the same role in the organization's minor league system.

Davis, 43, has been with the big league club as the bullpen coach for the last two years after four seasons as a pitching coach in the Arizona system. The former Cy Young Award winner with San Diego in 1989 had a 15-year career as both a starter and reliever in the majors.

Jones, 49, is no stranger to wearing the uniform, serving as a manager in the Kansas City organization for five seasons before working on the Royals' big league staff the year they won the World Series in 1985. He has also been a minor league manager for the New York (Yankees), Seattle, Milwaukee and Chicago (Cubs) organizations. Tommy also managed Arizona's Lethbridge club in 1997.

Bundy has coached professionally since 1989, including a six-year stint as a minor league manager in the Montreal (1990-94) and Florida (1997) systems, and a big league coaching position with the Marlins in '98.

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