By Mark McCarter | [email protected]
HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – Carlos Subero, with four previous years’ experience in the Southern League, will be the manager for the 2014 Huntsville Stars.
Subero, 41, managed the Birmingham Barons in 2008 and the Chattanooga Lookouts from 2010 through 2012.
The Stars staff will also include pitching coach Chris Hook, back for his third consecutive season and fourth overall, and hitting coach Sandy Guerrero, an off-season Huntsville resident who served as the Brewers’ minor league hitting coordinator the past two years. Guerrero was the Stars’ hitting coach from 2003-08.
Trainer Steve Patera will return, and be joined by a new strength and conditioning coach, Nate Dine. J.R. Rinaldi, who serves as Milwaukee’s equipment manager for its minor league system, will be the clubhouse manager.
Subero is a native of Venezuela who played six minor league seasons as an infielder, primarily in the Kansas City organization.
He managed seven years in the Rangers’ organization before the White Sox hired him in 2008 to manage at Birmingham, where the Barons went 74-63 but lost in the SL South playoffs to Mississippi after winning the first half.
Subero was 215-201 in his three years at Chattanooga, with the Lookouts twice reaching the playoffs but falling in the first round. He was 65-75 last season with the Los Angeles Angels’ advance-A California League team in Rancho Cucamonga.
Subero was also chosen as a coach for the World team in the 2008 Futures Game and managed Venezuela in the 2006 Caribbean Series.
Wrote The Birmingham News in 2008 after Subero was not retained by the White Sox: “Carlos Subero turned a few heads last season as manager of the Birmingham Barons.
One reason was his demeanor. Subero could transition from laid-back to livid in a nanosecond, setting the unofficial minor league record for most ejections without uttering a single cuss word.
” ‘He would lose his temper and state his case, but I never, ever heard him use profanity,’ said Curt Bloom, the Barons’ longtime play-by-play man.
“Reason two was more obvious. He took a club deep in pitching but short on everyday prospects and led the Barons to the Southern League’s second-best record, 74-63.”
This will be the Huntsville Stars’ final season in this particular incarnation. The Stars’ move to Biloxi for the 2015 was officially approved by the Southern League Board of Directors, the league announced Friday.
Principal owner Miles Prentice has negotiated the sale to Ken Young, a businessman who owns several other minor league clubs, though Prentice will maintain an ownership stake in the team as it moves to Mississippi.
City leaders are optimistic a replacement team will be found for the Stars within two or three seasons.
The Stars’ home opener is April 9
The staffs elsewhere in the Brewers’ chain:
Class AAA Nashville: Manager Rick Sweet, pitching coach Fred Dabney, hitting coach Bob Skube.
Class A Brevard County: Manager Joe Ayrault, pitching coach David Chavarria, coaches Ned Yost IV and Reggie Williams.
Class A Wisconsin: Manager Matt Erickson, pitching coach Elvin Nina, coaches Chuckie Caufield and Kenny Dominguez.
Rookie league Helena: Manager Tony Diggs, pitching coach Rolando Valles, coach Jason Dubois.
Arizona league: Manager Nestor Corredor, pitching coach Steve Cline, hitting coach Al LeBouef.