The Reno Aces, in conjunction with the Arizona Diamondbacks, have announced Chris Cron as Reno’s 2019 manager. With the hire, Cron becomes the Aces fourth manager in franchise history. Joining Cron will be pitching coach Jeff Bajenaru, hitting coach Jason Camilli and coach Greg Gross.  Rounding out the support staff will be trainer Paul Porter and strength and conditioning coach Steven Candelaria. 

Cron, 54, enters his 35th season in professional baseball and sixth season in the Diamondbacks organization. With 19 years of managerial experience, Cron has won Manager of the Year honors two times; Carolina League (1998) and Pioneer League (2008). He has led his teams to eight playoff appearances (1997-98, 2005, ’07-10, 2013) and won the Pioneer League Championship in 2008. Cron enters 2019 with a 1,127-1,149 (.495) managerial record. 

As a player, Cron appeared in six games with the California Angels in 1991 and six games for the Chicago White Sox in 1992. He played 12 Minor League seasons with the Braves (1984-86), Angels (1987-91), White Sox (1992-93, ’95), and Indians (1994). He hit .268 with 251 doubles, 172 home runs, and 785 RBI in 1,250 games and was selected in the second round of the 1984 draft out of Santa Ana, California.

Cron resides in Ahwatukee, Arizona and has three children, C.J., Kevin, and Carly. His son, C.J., was the Angels’ first-round selection (17th overall) in 2011 and made his Major League debut in 2014. Kevin was the D-backs’ 14th-round selection in 2014 and was the organization’s 2017 player of the year. Kevin spent all of the 2018 campaign in Reno. He earned two Player of the Week awards for the Aces, was named a Post-Season All-Star in the Pacific Coast League and named an Organization All-Star by MiLB.com.  

“Chris has spent a great deal of time in Reno over the past five years and we are excited to have him at the helm full-time in 2019,” said Emily Jaenson, Aces General Manager. “Chris follows in great footsteps of Brett Butler, Phil Nevin, and Greg Gross. I am confident he will represent the Aces well on the field and in our community.”

The Aces open their 2019 season on Thursday, April 4 at 7:05 p.m. against the Fresno Grizzlies at Chukchansi Park in Fresno, but return home on April 9th to take on the Albuquerque Isotopes. Season memberships are on-sale now at www.renoaces.com or by calling (775) 334-7000. For up-to-date news and notes throughout the offseason, follow the club on Twitter (@aces) or like the team on Facebook.

(Reno Aces contributed to this report.)