BOWLING GREEN, KY – The Bowling Green Hot Rods and their parent club Tampa Bay Rays, officially introduced Craig Albernaz as the new Hot Rods Manager, in time for the 2018 season. He becomes the sixth manager in franchise history.
Albernaz takes over for Reinaldo Ruiz, who was promoted and will be managing the Charlotte Stone Crabs this season. Jim Morrison, who was slated to manage the Stone Crabs, is taking a medical leave of absence.
“While we are sad that Rei and his family won’t be coming back to Bowling Green, we couldn’t be more proud of him and his accomplishments that have him moving to Charlotte to manage the Stone Crabs,” said Hot Rods GM/COO Eric C. Leach.
Albernaz, 35, comes to Bowling Green after managing the Hudson Valley Renegades (Short Season-A) to a 2017 New York-Penn League title. He started the 2017 campaign with Triple-A Durham, coaching third base and assisting the catchers, before moving to Hudson Valley to start their season in June.
“We are excited to welcome Craig to the Hot Rods family,” Leach added. “Craig has a deep history with the Rays organization, and was on the 2007 Columbus Catfish championship team that we’ll be celebrating later this season.”
Albernaz will meet with the area media on Tuesday, April 3rd, beginning at 4:00p.m.
For more information on the Bowling Green Hot Rods, or to purchase tickets for the 2018 season, please call 270-901-2121 or visit www.BGHotRods.com.