According to Kevin Gray of UnionLeader.com, 15 year veteran and former Blue Jay Sal Fasano will become the next manager of the Blue Jays Double-A minor league affiliate, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats of the Eastern League.
A favorite of both teammates and fans alike, Fasano, 39, made his managerial debut last year with the Lansing Lugnuts, the Blue Jays Lo-A minor league affiliate.
A 37th round pick by the Kansas City Royals in the 1993 draft, Fasano, helped guide the team to a 70-69 record. He oversaw the progress of a few notable Jays prospects on the Lugnuts roster including 2009 draft picks Chad Jenkins and Jacob Marisnick, in addition to Sean Ochinko and A.J. Jiminez.
Fasano replaces the popular Luis Rivera, who led the Fisher Cats to the Eastern League final in 2010. Earlier this month, Rivera received a promotion to become a coaching assistant to Blue Jays manager John Farrell.
Fasano is a great addition to the Fisher Cats organization, and has earned a reputation as a player’s manager.
It looks like there will be a new group of “Sal’s Pals” in 2011, likely when the Fisher Cats kick off their season at home on April 7th.