Grand Fork, ND
Las Cruces, NM
In Tim Johnson's case, baseball is nothing new, from player, scout, coach, and now manager Johnson has done everything under the sun in professional baseball, and 2013 will mark Johnson’s 46th year in professional baseball since being signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1967 as a free agent. Before an outstanding career as a Manager, Johnson enjoyed a seven year career in the MLB, playing alongside Hall of Famers Robin Yount and Hank Aaron with the Milwaukee Brewers from 1973 to 1978, than with the Toronto Blue Jays from 1978 to 1979, primarily as a shortstop and second baseman.
After retiring as a player, Johnson spent the next 20 years as a scout, coach, or minor league manager for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Montreal Expos, Boston Red Sox, and the Chicago Cubs. Johnson’s best success as a manager came in 1998, Johnson was named the manager of the Toronto Blue Jays, where he lead the Blue Jays to a 88-74 record and third in the AL East, 1998 happens to be Toronto’s best record since winning the World Series in 1993.
After his one year stint with the Toronto Blue Jays, Johnson has gone on to manage various minor league teams. Johnson made his home in 2003 with the Lincoln Saltddogs of Lincoln, Nebraska. In his six years with the Saltdogs Johnson posted a 314-252 record a manager, and in 2006 Johnson was awarded Manager of the year once again, as in previous years 1987 and 1988 with the pioneer league. After his six year stint in Lincoln Johnson has managed the Tucson Toros of Tucson, Arizona and the Lake County Fielders of Zion, Illinois.
Last year though was a true testament to his great managerial skills, last season Johnson took over for the struggling Diablos who were 6-14 before Johnson’s arrival, by the end of the season Johnson moved the Diablos into playoff contention, under Johnson the Diablos went 41-34, at the conclusion of the season Johnson for the third time in his career was named Manager of the Year by the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball. 2013 will be Johnson’s second season as manager of the El Paso Diablos.
Carlos Lezcano is a hitting coach for the El Paso Diablos from Arecibo, Puerto Rico who attended Florida State University. Before joining the El Paso Diablos as a hitting coach, Lezcano played for the Chicago Cubs from 1978 to 1981 as an outfielder. Lezcano is the cousin of Gold Glove winning right fielder Sixto Lezcano who played in the MLB for 12 years from 1974 to 1985. After retiring as a player Lezcano has gone on to manage and coach in the minor leagues, most notably with the Lake Elsinore Storm of Lake Elsinore, California which is an affiliate of the San Diego Padres from 2007 to 2011. Lezcano joined the Diablos last year as a hitting coach, and is now in his second year.
Brian Daly is a pitching coach from Champaign, Illinois who attended Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana and Western Illinois University in Maycomb, Illinois. Daly played as a professional in the Independent League from 2004 to 2011 as a right handed relief pitcher. Daly joined the Diablos staff as a pitching coach in 2012.