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Posted on Wed, Dec. 21, 2005

Marlins hire five new coaches

Associated Press


MIAMI - The Florida Marlins hired five new coaches to work with new manager Joe Girardi.


Gary Tuck will serve as Girardi's bench coach, Rick Kranitz as pitching coach, Jim Presley as hitting coach, Bobby Meacham as third base coach and Mike Harkey as bullpen coach.


That group announced Wednesday joins two holdover coaches, infield and first base coach Perry Hill and bullpen coordinator Pierre Arsenault. Each is entering his fifth season with the Marlins.


Tuck spent last season as a scout for the Cleveland Indians. He was the New York Yankees' catching instructor for five seasons between 1997 and 2004.


Kranitz has coached in the Chicago Cubs' organization for the past 22 seasons, the last two as pitching coach of their Iowa Triple-A affiliate. He was the Cubs' bullpen coach in 2002.


Presley was an AL All-Star with Seattle in 1986, when he hit .265 with 27 home runs and a career-high 107 RBIs. He was the Arizona Diamondbacks' hitting coach from 1998-02 also was manager of Arizona's Class-A affiliate in Missoula.


Meacham spent last season as the Colorado Rockies' roving infield coordinator. He spent parts of six seasons as a shortstop with the Yankees, hitting .236 with eight homers, 114 RBIs and 58 stolen bases in 457 games.


Harkey was a minor league pitching coach in the San Diego Padres' organization for five years. He spent parts of seven seasons pitching for the five major league franchises, going 36-36 with a 4.49 ERA in 131 games.

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