Tom Prince takes throne as new manager of Bradenton Marauders

jlembo@bradenton.comJanuary 14, 2014 

BRADENTON -- Tom Prince is again managing a professional baseball team in Bradenton.

This time, however, he's a few rungs higher than he was before.

Prince is the new manager of the Bradenton Marauders, the high Single-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The parent club made the announcement Monday along with the rest of the organization's developmental staff.

Prince replaces Frank Kremblas, who returns to the role as the Pirates' special assistant of player development he held with the organization in 2012.

The 49-year-old Prince managed the Gulf Coast League Pirates from 2007-12, leading the team to the league championship during his last season.

It was the Pirates' first league championship since joining the GCL in 1968.

Prince spent 2013 as the Pirates' coordinator of instruction and managed the organization's former high Single-A team in Lynchburg in 2004 before managing the low Single-A team in Williamsport from 2005-06.

He has a career record of 320-320 and was named the GCL manager of the year in 2008.

Yet Prince's connection to the Pirates extends far beyond managing. He was Pittsburgh's fourth-round pick in 1984 and was a Pirate from 1986-93 before continuing his 17-year career with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Philadelphia Phillies, Minnesota Twins and Kansas City Royals.

A career .208 hitter in 519 big-league games, Prince was known for his prowess behind the plate, throwing out 34 percent of attempted base stealers. Prince gunned down 42.9 percent of runners for the 2001 Minnesota Twins, which was good for third in the American League.

Prince lives in Bradenton with his wife, Gail. The couple has two children, John and Shannon.

Justin Meccage is back for a second straight season as Bradenton's pitching coach, and Kory Deehan will serve as the Marauders' hitting coach.

Deehan was on the Marauders' staff in 2012 but spent last season coaching with the Pirates' short-season Single-A team in Jamestown.

Another member of the Marauders' coaching staff is Greg Picart, who recorded the first hit in Marauders' history in 2010.

Prince is the fourth manager for the Marauders, who are about to enter their fifth season in the Florida State League. He follows Kremblas (2013), Carlos Garcia (2011-12) and P.J. Forbes (2010).

The Pirates announced Monday that Garcia will return to manage Double-A Altoona for a second year.

Forbes parted ways with the organization before last year and was recently named manager of the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, a Single-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers in California.

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