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Durham Bulls name Brady Williams as new manager

The Durham Bulls celebrate their second consecutive International League Governor’s Cup championship on Saturday night. Durham beat Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, 6-2, to win game 5 of the best-of-five series.
The Durham Bulls celebrate their second consecutive International League Governor’s Cup championship on Saturday night. Durham beat Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, 6-2, to win game 5 of the best-of-five series. Durham Bulls

The Durham Bulls and Tampa Bay Rays announced on Friday that Brady Williams will be taking over as the team’s new manager. Williams, 39, will take over for Jared Sandberg, who was hired as a Major League Field Coordinator by the Seattle Mariners.

According to a Bulls press release, Williams spent the last five seasons in Montgomery as the manager of the Biscuits, the Rays’ Double-A affiliate. Under Williams, the Biscuits went to the playoffs four straight seasons and won 79 games in 2018, the highest win total for the franchise since 2007. Williams’ 10-year managerial career includes stops in Charlotte (2013), Single-A Bowling Green (2010-12) and Hudson Valley (2009). Williams has compiled a record of 776-699. Williams has coached in the Rays system his entire career.

Williams was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 45th round of the 1999 June MLB Draft. He played five seasons in the Minor Leagues with Boston, Minnesota and Tampa Bay before he got into coaching.

The Bulls also announced additions to the coaching staff. Rick Knapp will be the new pitching coach, Dan Dement will be the new Bench Coach and Quinton McCraken will coach third base. The Bulls won their second straight International League Governors’ Cup in September.

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