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Hart, Guerrero have Derby plan

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When Corey Hart steps into the batter’s box in tonight’s State Farm Home Run Derby, he won’t just be hacking. 
“There is definitely a strategy,” said Sandy Guerrero, the longtime Brewers coach who will serve as Hart’s pitcher tonight. Guerrero helped Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder win the event in St. Louis last year. 
“You really want to make it to the second round and be strong, right?” Guerrero said. “To make it to the second round, you have to conserve energy. So we’re going to try to hit a ball, take a couple of pitches, hit a ball, take a couple more pitches. Keep your timing. Maintain your energy. 
“You see a lot of the big guys in the Derby come in and hit 12 in the first round and then one in the second. That doesn’t get you far. We’re not saving bullets. We’re just not swinging at all the pitches.
“The other thing is, don’t swing too hard. Control yourself. You don’t get any points for hitting the ball 450 feet. I’d rather have him hit the ball off the top of the fence and have the wind blow it over. Those count the same.”
Guerrero and Hart go way back to 2003, when Guerrero was the hitting coach at Double-A Huntsville and Hart was the Southern League’s MVP. 
Fielder tabbed Guerrero last year and edged Rangers’ outfielder Nelson Cruz for the Home Run Derby crown. Fielder hit 11 homers in the first round, six in the second and six more in the finals. 
Did Fielder offer any special gifts to Guerrero for helping him win?
“A lot of people ask me that, and the answer is no,” Guerrero said. “Just for him to give me the opportunity to be on the mound at the All-Star Game, that was enough. A lot of people won’t understand that, but it is really an honor to be invited by one of the players to be around the best players in the game.”
Guerrero played in the Minor Leagues for the Blue Jays and Brewers. His father, Epy, is a legendary scout who spent time on the Jays’ coaching staff in the 1980s. Sandy Guerrero said he remembered attending the 1987 All-Star Game in Oakland with his dad. 
“To be here with Corey and [Ryan Braun], guys who I have known for a long time, this is unbelievable,” Guerrero said. “For guys like me — I’ve been around baseball all my life with my dad — this is a feeling I can’t really describe.”
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Money returns to Triple-A with new pitching coach

DonMoney.jpgFormer Brewers All-Star infielder Don Money will return for a second season as manager of the organization’s top Minor League affiliate, and he will have a new pitching coach.

The Triple-A Nashville Sounds announced Wednesday that Money would be back along with hitting coach Sandy Guerrero. New to the staff is former Red Sox pitching coach Rich Gale, who replaces Chris Bosio in that role for the Sounds. The Brewers announced last week that Bosio would remain in the organization as the club’s advance scout.

The Sounds also said that strength and conditioning coach Tom Reynolds would return. He will work alongside new head athletic trainer Dave Yeager, who was promoted from Double-A Huntsville.

Money, 62, will enter his 13th year as an instructor in the Brewers organization including 12 seasons as a manager. He is 815-849 (.490) at the helm of the Sounds, Double-A Huntsville Stars (2005-2008) and Class A Beloit Snappers (1998-2004). In 2009, the Sounds led the PCL American Conference Northern Division for the majority of the season before finishing second with a 75-69 record, fifth-best in the 16-team Pacific Coast League.

Money finished the 2009 season serving as an extra coach for Brewers manager Ken Macha.

“You want to win your division title every year, of course,” he said in the final week of the Brewers’ season. “But at the same time, you have to realize that your No. 1 job is to get guys prepared to come up [to the Majors] when they’re needed, and that can have an effect on wins and losses. We battled through it, and the team we ran out there in the final week was much different than the one we had early in the season.”

Money is best-known in Milwaukee for his 11 seasons as a Brewers infielder. He represented Milwaukee in four All-Star games and became the team’s first All-Star starter in 1978. He was the Brewers’ club MVP in 1974 and 1977, and in 2005 he was voted into the “Walk of Fame” at Miller Park.

Guerrero guided Sounds batters to a .271 team average in 2009 and will continue in his role in Nashville. Prior to a 2009 promotion, he spent six seasons as Huntsville’s hitting coach.

Gale, who pitched for parts of seven seasons in the Major Leagues during a 12-year pro playing career, will serve his first year as a coach in the Brewers organization after spending 2009 as pitching coach for Class A Hagerstown in the Nationals’ system.

After his retirement in 1991 season, Gale worked two years at the big league level as the Red Sox pitching coach in before stepping away from the game for 12 years to spend time with his family. He returned to the coaching ranks in 2006 with Class AA Carolina in the Florida Marlins organization before logging two years in the PCL with Triple-A Albuquerque in 2007-08.

Gale was 55-56 with a 4.54 ERA in 195 appearances for Kansas City (1978-81), San Francisco (1982), Cincinnati (1983), and Boston (1984). He was named Sporting News Rookie of the Year in 1978 after going 14-8 with a 3.09 ERA in 31 games (30 starts) for the Royals.

Yeager joins the Sounds for his first year of service at the Triple-A level after spending the last five seasons with Double-A Huntsville. He was recognized as the 2007 Southern League Trainer of the Year in voting by his peers.

Reynolds returns to Nashville for his third season as the Sounds’ strength & conditioning coach.

The Sounds open their 2010 home slate on Friday, April 16 at historic Greer Stadium against the division-rival Iowa Cubs. Season ticket packages are currently on sale. Contact the Sounds at 615-690-HITS (4487) or visit http://www.nashvillesounds.com to order or for further details.

The Brewers typically announce their full Minor League coaching staffs closer to the start of Spring Training.

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