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December 19, 2007 - Two former members of the Evansville organization are on the move.

Greg Jelks, who managed the Otters to the 2006 Frontier League pennant and managed Slippery Rock in 2007, will once again be in charge of a contender. Washington has named Jelks its new skipper. The Wild Things have reached the playoffs in each of their six years in the Pittsburgh suburb. Jelks replaces John Massarelli, a two-time FL Manager of the Year.

Mike Bille, the league's active saves leader, with 35, was dealt by the Otters in a three-team trade. Evansville sent Bille to Brockton of the independent Can-Am League in exchage for pitcher Ryan Burnau. Burnau played in Evansville in 2003, 2005 and 2006, but won't get a chance to in 2008. The Otters flipped Burnau to Schaumburg of the independent Northern League in exchange for infielder Alex Fonseca.

Two other Frontier League teams made additions to the coaching staff.

Southern Illinois' Ralph Santana, who aged out of the league, retired and will be the team's first-base coach. The 27-year-old was an all-star in 2007, when he hit .342, third in the league.

Traverse City's director of baseball operations, Jason Wuerfel, is the Beach Bums' new hitting coach. Wuerfel had a brief professional playing career which including stops with Mid-Missouri and traveling Ohio Valley.


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