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Marco Gonzales’ Dad Becomes Minor League Manager

Though the St. Louis Cardinals are among many organizations that have already named their minor league coaching staffs for 2015, other announcements are trickling out. One of Thursday’s, made by the Colorado Rockies, may have special interest to Cardinals followers.

The Boise Hawks of the short-season Class-A Northwest League are undergoing considerable change in 2015. First of all, the team was sold to new owners and their affiliation moved from the Chicago Cubs to the Rockies. As a result, there will be an entire new coaching staff, as well.

The Hawks’ new manager is Frank Gonzales, also known as the father of Cardinals pitching prospect Marco Gonzales. (Coincidentally, on Friday, Marco was named The Cardinal Nation’s number one prospect in the Cardinals organization.)

Frank Gonzales is not new to the coaching ranks, though this will be his initial opportunity to lead professional athletes from the manager’s chair. The 46-year-old had served as the pitching coach with Tri-City of the Northwest League for the Rockies over the last two seasons.

The La Junta, Colorado native spent the previous four years (2009-2012) as the head baseball coach at Fort Collins, Colorado High School before joining the Rockies organization. He played his collegiate ball at Colorado State University.

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