Former Manager, Player & Major League Pitcher Hired By Club
The Yuba-Sutter Gold Sox announced that they have completed their search for both front office personnel and field level management. The club has hired long time Gold Sox manager Jack Johnson, former Gold Sox player Michael Frantz and MLB veteran pitcher Wayne Franklin for the 2019 season.
Jack Johnson who managed the club from 2007 through 2015 has been hired as a Special Advisor to the General Manager. Johnson, who teaches at Franklin Middle School, played at the University of Arizona before his 9 year minor league career with the Dodgers, Cubs, White Sox and Angel’s organizations. He was a coach for the Gold Sox from the club’s inception in 2003 before taking over the helm in 2007. Between 2007 and 2015 he amassed over 300 wins, with two league championships and twice being named Horizon Air Summer Series Manager of the Year.
Managing the club for the 2019 season will be former Gold Sox player and current coach at Cal State East Bay Michael Frantz. Frantz played for the Gold Sox from 2013-2015. Frantz, along with Gold Sox GM Tommy Lininger is only one of four Gold Sox players to ever play 100 or more games for the club.
Rounding out the field staff will be MLB veteran Wayne Franklin. Franklin played for Houston Astros (2000-2001), Milwaukee Brewers (2002-2003), San Francisco Giants (2004), New York Yankees (2005), and Atlanta Braves (2006) in his 7-year major league career. He currently is a coach at San Francisco State.
Commenting on the new additions Gold Sox GM Tommy Lininger: “Bringing Jack (Johnson) and Mike (Frantz) back is a big step in our organizations plan to bring back stability to the Gold Sox and return the club to being the best collegiate summer league organization in the country.” Lininger added: “It is important to us that we provide the community with high quality fun and affordable family entertainment. Bringing back our old Gold Sox family will help us achieve these goals.”