The Hudson Valley Renegades will have a new manager for the 2017 season. It was announced that former Durham Bulls third base coach Craig Albernaz will be taking over for the recently departed Tim Parenton.
Even though the Hudson Valley Renegades begin their season on June 19, the coaching staff is still a bit unsettled. Tim Parenton, who had been the manager for the past three years, resigned to take over as the head baseball coach at the University of North Florida. As he twice won the McNamara Division, and piloted the Renegades to the New York-Penn League Championship Series last season, his departure leaves a big hole in Hudson Valley.
Set to take his place helming the Renegades is Durham Bulls third base coach Craig Albernaz. Albernaz is no stranger to the minors, having spent nine seasons, mostly in the Rays organization. Interestingly, this will be his first time in Hudson Valley, as he completely bypassed the Rays short season A ball entrant.
This will also be Albernaz’ first time as a manager. He had previously been with the Renegades as a coach in 2016, before joining the Bulls as their third base coach this season. With this move, the former minor league catcher will get his first chance to manage in the minors.
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Albernaz may well be the perfect option as the manager of the Renegades. With the Rays likely to slot a few of this season’s draft picks on the roster, he would be the perfect person to guide those players as they begin their professional journey. Albernaz would be able to teach perseverance, the value of being prepared, and how to be a professional.
This could also be a path to his long desired chance in the majors. Should he continue the Renegades recent dominance and win the McNamara Division again, Albernaz could be earmarked as a young coach to watch in the future.
Every journey to the majors begins somewhere. For Craig Albernaz, the long time minor league catcher who never received that call, managing the Hudson Valley Renegades could be his road to the major leagues.