FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MONDAY, JANUARY 17, 2000
CONTACT: STEVE LENOX AT (718) 698-9265
STATEN ISLAND YANKEES ANNOUNCE FIELD PERSONNEL FOR
Staten Island Yankees, the New York-Pennsylvania League affiliate
of the World Champion New York Yankees, are proud to announce
their 2000 Field Staff. Joe Arnold returns to the helm to
skipper the Staten Island Yankees for the second straight
year. Joining Arnold’s staff in 2000 are hitting coach Kevin
Higgins and pitching coach, former New York Mets and Yankees
pitcher Neil Allen.
52-year-old Arnold returns to Staten Island after compiling
a 39-35 record and fifth-place finish in the McNamara Division
in the inaugural season of the Staten Island Yankees in 1999.
The Yankees finished two-and-a-half games behind the eventual
League Champion Hudson Valley Renegades, marking the first
time in Arnold’s four-year professional career that his club
failed to reach the playoffs. The Daytona, FL native has
has guided his teams to a 123-91 record and a .575 winning
percentage in three seasons as the New York Yankees’ Short-Season
was surprised that the Yankees wanted me to continue to manage,”
said Arnold. “I now have added responsibilities as a Crosschecker
for the east coast and I will be scouting all the way up to
the draft in June. However, I love managing. It is a nice
change from scouting. I am happy to be returning to Staten
Island because I like working with the younger kids and I
think the front office staff did a tremendous job in the first
year and I expect things to run even better this year.”
Allen joins the Yankees Minor League Staff after spending the
last four seasons as a pitching coach in the Toronto Blue Jays’
organization. The former major leaguer is no stranger to the
New York-Penn League, having spent three seasons (1996, 98,
99) as the pitching coach of the St. Catharines Stompers. In
eleven major league seasons, the Sarasota, FL resident went
58-70 with 75 saves for the New York Mets (1979-1983), St. Louis
Cardinals (1983-85), Chicago White Sox (1986-87), New York Yankees
(1985, 87-88) and Cleveland Indians (1989). He is one of 65
major league players to play for both the Yankees and Mets.
like working with the young kids at the lower levels,” said
Allen. “The Yankees contacted me to see if I was interested
and I said lets go for it. I played with both the Mets and
Yankees, so I know what it is like to perform in New York.
Being in Staten Island certainly excites me.”
Higgins joins the Baby Bombers’ staff as the team’s hitting
coach. Higgins, like Allen, is no stranger to the NY-Penn
League. The Carmichael, CA resident managed the Vermont Expos
in 1996-97, leading the Montreal farm team to a NY-Penn League
Title in 1996. The 1996 NY-Penn League manager of the year
is currently the Head Baseball Coach at American River College
in Sacramento, CA.
often does someone get the opportunity to work for the greatest
professional sports organization in the world?” said Higgins.
“I am really excited about being back in the NY-Penn League.
My family and I are looking forward to getting back to the
Amo returns as the Staten Island Yankees’ trainer for the
second straight season.
Staten Island Yankees are preparing for their second season
at the College of Staten Island before moving into their permanent
home in St. George in 2001.
Joe Arnold, 2000 Staten Island Yankees Manager
Personal: Age: 52 Born: 2-26-47 in Daytona, FL; Resides:
Jill, (29) and Joey (27);
Joe begins his fourth season as minor
league manager in the New York Yankees organization. He spent
his first two seasons skippering the Oneonta Yankees of the
New York-Penn League, capturing two Pinckney Division Titles
(97, 98)...Oneonta was named co-champions with the Auburn
Doubledays in 1998…Coached in college ranks for 18 seasons…Spent
first seven seasons at Florida Southern University (1977-‘83),
compiling a 316-69 record, while leading them to six straight
Division II World Series appearances (1978-83)…Won two Division
II National Championships (1979 and 1981)…The following 11
years at the University of Florida (1984-1994), where he led
the Gators to a 434-244 record with six trips to the NCAA
tournament and two College World Series appearances…Spent
the 1995-96 seasons as college baseball analyst for the Sunshine
Network…Earned his Bachelor and Master degrees at Arizona
State University, where he was also a second baseman…Began
coaching at Florida Southern after retiring from playing in
the Houston Astros organization in 1970.
Managerial Record (Three Seasons)