Wally Backman will return to Las Vegas as manager (Logan).
“I’m excited to return to Las Vegas for my second season,” Backman said in a statement. “I’m also excited about the fact that we will have a solid team to start the season and our pitching has the potential to be better than last season (2013). Our players did a good job getting a grip on it quickly in regards to adjusting to the PCL and knowing what the main goal is while playing in Las Vegas.”
Frank Viola will become the pitching coach for the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s (Dewey). The previous pitching coach, Randy St. Claire, was reported to not be returning to Las Vegas in December after just one season.
Viola spent the 2011 season with the short season Single-A Brooklyn Cyclones and took over as pitching coach for the Single-A Savannah Sand Gnats the next year.
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