Jul 26, 2014; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Baseballs lay in the dugout between the Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
The Knights went 63-81 overall last season, fourth in the International League South Division. The Knights were 12 games out of first place in the South.
As for Skinner (who has 211 wins as the Knights skipper), a release on charlotteknights.com quoted Knights COO Dan Rajkowski on the four-year Skipper:
"“We are very pleased to embark on our second season at BB&T Ballpark in Uptown Charlotte with Joel Skinner returning as our field manager. Joel’s leadership, experience and ability to develop future Major League talent have been evident over the past three seasons. We also welcome Richard, Ryan, Andy, Chad, and Scott back to the Knights staff this year.”"
Skinner played for the White Sox from 1983-86 and also with the New York Yankees and the Cleveland Indians.
With the White Sox, he batted .229 with a .282 on-base percentage and .335 slugging percentage. He totaled 29 RBIs in 131 games as a White Sox catcher.
Sep 14, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox former pitcher Richard Dotson reacts after throwing out a ceremonial first pitch before the baseball game between the Minnesota Twins and the Chicago White Sox at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports
As for the rest of the Knights’ staff, it includes: Richard Dotson (pitching coach), Andy Tomberlin (hitting coach), Ryan Newman (assistant coach), Scott Johnson (trainer) and Chad Efron (conditioning).
What the Knights are showing this upcoming season is consistency with these assignments. This will be the eighth season Dotson has been with the Knights.
Dotson is also a former MLB pitcher, having 111 wins in his career pitching for the White Sox for 10 seasons. He also pitched two seasons with the New York Yankees and one season with the Kansas City Royals.
Dotson, who had a career 4.23 ERA, won 97 of his 111 games with the White Sox from 1979-87, 89. He last pitched in the majors in 1990 with the Royals.
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With Tomberlin, he’s been with the White Sox organization for 13 seasons.
In their release, it says of the Knights hitting coach:
"“(Tomberlin) spent the 2012 season as Charlotte’s hitting coach. Under his guidance last season, the Knights slugged 176 home runs, which tied with High Desert (California League) for the most in Minor League Baseball.”"