Wood Ducks manager says he won't return to lead team in 2018

KINSTON, Lenoir County - Down East Wood Ducks manager Howard Johnson told NewsChannel 12's Ariel Espstein he won't return to the team as its manager in 2018.

In his only season as manager of the new Class A minor league team of the Texas Rangers, Johnson led the team to a co-championship of the Carolina League. The team shared the title after the league canceled the rest of the postseason due to Hurricane Irma.

Epstein tweeted Johnson would be the hitting coach at Round Rock, the Texas Rangers' Triple-A minor league baseball team. He also told Epstein Spike Owen would manage the Wood Ducks in 2018 after serving as interim third base coach while Rangers coach Tony Beasley underwent chemotherapy. Owen was also manager at Hickory.



Jeremy Moore, an assistant coach with the Wood Ducks in 2017, is also departing to serve as a hitting coach in the Rookie Arizona League.

The rest of the coaching staff from 2017 will remain the same except for hitting coach, where Kenny Hook will take over, and Carlos Maldonado, who will serve as another assistant coach.





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