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IronPigs name new manager

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The Lehigh Valley IronPigs named Gary Jones, the former Chicago Cubs third-base coach, as manager of the minor league baseball team based in Allentown.

Jones replaces Dusty Wathan, who was named third-base coach for the Philadelphia Phillies, the parent team of the Triple-A IronPigs. Wathan spent one season with the IronPigs and guided them to an 80-61 record.

Jones, 57, has 27 years of experience as a manager and coach, including 15 seasons as a minor league manager where he earned a 1,039-972 record and won four league championships. With the Cubs, Jones won a World Series championship in 2016.

Before joining the Cubs four years ago, Jones was the San Diego Padres minor league roving field coordinator from 2007 to 2013, the Boston Red Sox minor league field coordinator in 2002 and the Oakland A’s first-base coach in 1988.

Jones has a 450-409 managing record at the Triple-A level.

The IronPigs, who play at Coca-Cola Park in east Allentown, will be celebrating their 10th anniversary next year. They consistently draw some of the top crowds in all of minor league baseball, drawing more than 600,000 fans a year to the ballpark that opened in 2008.

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