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Rabelo named manager of Connecticut Tigers

Published January 23. 2014 4:00AM

Mike Rabelo will manage the Connecticut Tigers this season, the team announced Wednesday.

Rabelo spent the last two seasons at the Tigers' hitting coach. Connecticut is the Detroit Tigers' Class-A team and plays at Dodd Stadium in Norwich in the short-season New York-Penn League. The team also announced Mark Johnson will return at the pitching coach, Scott Dwyer will be the hitting coach and Randy Brunner will be the team's athletic trainer.

Rabelo spent the 2011 season as the hitting coach for the Gulf Coast League Tigers, his first professional coaching assignment. After being selected by the Tigers in the fourth round in 2001, Rabelo spent ten seasons in professional baseball and played in the major leagues with Detroit (2006-2007) and Florida (2008).

"Mike Rabelo is a talented young man with a very good baseball mind. He has done a great job as Hitting Coach and we are confident in his ability as he moves into his role as Manager," said Detroit Tigers Director of Player Development Dave Owen.

"I'm extremely excited for the opportunity to take the next step with a great organization like the Tigers," said Rabelo. "We have a tremendous staff in place in Connecticut with Mark Johnson, Scott Dwyer, and Randy Brunner. I speak for all of them when I say we can't wait to get started and play under the lights at Dodd Stadium in front of our fans. I wish the season started tomorrow."

Johnson returns for his second season as pitching coach and Dwyer, who was with Connecticut from 2010-11, returns after spending the last two season in the same position for the West Michigan Whitecaps (Class A). 2014 will mark Brunner's third season in the Detroit Tigers organization, having served as athletic trainer for the Gulf Coast League Tigers in 2013 and as an athletic training intern with the organization in 2012.

- Day staff reports

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