Garrison will manage '18 Snappers

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BELOIT - For the second time in as many seasons, the Beloit Snappers will have a new manager to guide the team.

The Oakland Athletics announced that Webster Garrison, who has been in the A's organization since 1999, will replace Scott Steinmann in the dugout in 2018.

Garrison spent the previous two seasons as the manager for the Arizona League A's and has managed at five different levels of the Oakland organization.

Joining Garrison on the staff will be hitting coach Juan Dilone, who enters his third season with Beloit, and pitching coach Don Schulze, who served in that same role in the 2016 season.

Garrison has managed in the Midwest League before as he guided the 2003 Kane County Cougars, who were then aligned with the A's. Garrison was named Manager of the Year after leading the Cougars to a league-best 80-59 record before being eliminated in the first round of the playoffs.

Garrison was drafted in the second round of the 1983 draft by the Toronto Blue Jays and he spent parts of 16 season as an infielder in the minor leagues, getting a cup of coffee with the A's for five games in 1996. He finished his big league career 0-for-9 with a walk.

Steinmann will manage the Midland RockHounds of the AA Texas League. Former Snappers skipper Fran Riordan, who guided the team in 2014 and 2015, will manage at AAA Nashville, while 2013 Beloit skipper Rick Magnante will be back at Stockton of the California League.

The Snappers will open the 2018 season April 5 against Wisconsin at Pohlman Field.

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