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Butler, Staff Return to Reno Aces for 2012 Season

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After guiding the Reno Aces to their first-ever Pacific Coast League playoff berth in 2011, former Major League All-Star Brett Butler will return as manager of the club in 2012, the Arizona Diamondbacks announced today. 

The Aces' coaching staff will remain intact for the fourth-straight season, with Butler flanked in the Reno dugout by Hitting Coach Rick Burleson and Pitching Coach Mike Parrott. Athletic Trainer James Ready returns for his fourth-straight season, while Strength & Conditioning Coach Josh Cuffe is back for the third-straight year. 

Reno is coming off its most successful season in club history, finishing with a 77-67 record and a Pacific North Division championship. The Aces spent 148 days in 1st place in 2011–including 133-straight to finish the season before falling in five games to Sacramento in the Pacific Conference Championship Series. Excluding Major League Rehabilitation Assignments, 23 members of the Aces appeared in the big leagues in 2011, including five who made their Major League debut.  

The 2012 season marks Butler's eighth in the Arizona organization and his sixth as a manager in the D-backs chain. In Baseball America's annual "Best Tools" issue, Butler was tabbed as the PCL's Best Managerial Prospect. A veteran of 17 Major League seasons, Butler helped lead the San Francisco Giants to the 1989 National League pennant, and later he was a National League All-Star in 1991 as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers. 

Burleson spent 13 seasons in the Major Leagues and is widely regarded as one of the greatest shortstops in Boston Red Sox history. The fifth overall pick in the 1970 draft, Burleson was a four-time American League All-Star and has a Rawlings Gold Glove Award and a Hillerich & Bradsby Silver Slugger Award to his credit. In 2002, he was elected to the Red Sox Hall of Fame. 

Parrott was a first-round selection of the Baltimore Orioles in 1973 and would go on to spend five seasons in the big leagues. In 1979, Parrott ranked 10th in the American League with 13 complete games on his way to being named Seattle Mariners Pitcher of the Year. The 2012 season will be Parrot's 16th with the Diamondbacks organization and 11th as Arizona's Triple-A pitching coach. 

Ready returns to Reno for his fourth-straight Triple-A assignment. Prior to joining the Aces, Ready climbed the ladder from Single-A Visalia to Double-A Mobile, coupled with a stint with the Phoenix Desert Dogs of the Arizona Fall League.

Cuffe returns for his third-straight season in Reno, after being named PCL Strength Coach of the Year in 2011. A Buena Vista, Colo. native, Cuffe graduated from Dakota State University. Prior to coming to Reno, Cuffe worked in the Diamondbacks organization with Single-A South Bend, Single-A Visalia and Double-A Mobile. 

The Aces open the 2012 season on Thursday, April 5 at Aces Ballpark. All full and partial season tickets are available now by calling (775) 334-4700. For up-to-date news and notes throughout the offseason, visit www.RenoAces.com, follow the club on Twitter (@aceball) or like the team on Facebook.

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