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Arkansas Travelers 2019 News -New Coaching staff

LITTLE ROCK, AR - A new manager and coaching staff will lead the Arkansas Travelers in 2019 as announced today by the Seattle Mariners. Mitch Canham (photo below) takes over as manager for his first season at the Double-A level and fourth as a minor league skipper, all in the Mariners farm system. He replaces Daren Brown who after managing Arkansas for the past two seasons, takes the reins at the Mariners’ Triple-A affiliate in Tacoma, Washington. Canham will be joined by new faces in pitching coach Pete Woodworth and hitting coach Kyle Wilson. Also new to the Travs is performance coach Michael Apodaca while athletic trainer B.J. Downie is the lone returner to the staff.

Manager Mitch Canham, 34, a former Texas League player takes over as the Travs field boss after leading Class-A Modesto the past two summers. In 2017, Modesto won the California League Championship and Canham was named the league’s Manager of the Year. Canham’s first year as a manager in 2016, he led Class-A Clinton to 86 wins and into the Midwest League Playoffs. Across three seasons as a skipper he has compiled a 222-198 record, good for a .529 winning percentage with two playoff appearances and one league title. His managerial career began immediately following nine seasons playing professional baseball. Selected in the 1st round (57th overall) in 2007 by the San Diego Padres, Canham played in the San Diego (2007-10), Oakland (2011), St. Louis (2012), Kansas City (2013) and Washington (2014) organizations as well as two stints with independent teams (2012, ‘15).


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