It was a night at the "Show" to remember. But after a one-night-stand in the big leagues, RHP and former '09 Traveler Sean O'Sullivan was optioned back to Salt Lake today and another former Traveler, Rafael Rodriguez was recalled to the Angels.
But what a night for the 21-year-old O'Sullivan, who started the season in the Travelers' rotation. O'Sullivan kept the Angels' victory streak alive with a win over the San Francisco Giants Tuesday night in his Major League debut. (Complete coverage prior Travelerocity post.)
There was another promotion late last week involving the Texas League, but this time it was a manager.
Former Tulsa Driller Manager Stu Cole (above) Is now calling the shots for the Triple-A Colorado Springs Sky Sox. The recent firing of Colorado Rockies manager Clint Hurdle got Cole the promotion and caused a string of managerial changes for the Colorado system.
Stepping in for Cole at Tulsa as the new Drillers manager for the remainder of the '09 season will be 44-year-old Ron Gideon.(above) Gideon had been the Roving Field Coordinator for Colorado since 2006 and has been involved in the Rockies' system for 14 years. He has ten years experience managing in the minors and was also a player in the Texas League.
Cole replaces former Sky Sox manager Tom Runnels, who was promoted to the big leagues as bench coach for the Rockies replacing Jim Tracy, who was named manager of Colorado after Hurdle was fired.
At the time of his promotion Cole, seen above at Dickey-Stephens, had the Drillers in second place in the Texas League North Division. He spent more than three season seasons as manager of the Drillers, but his new job will be a homecoming of sorts. He played for the Sky Sox from 1993-95 and helped the club win a PCL Championship.