HOUSTON, TX - The Double A Texas League announced today that Corpus Christi Hooks manager Rodney Linares has been named the Texas League Manager of the Year.
Linares, who is in his 18th season in the Astros organization, has led Corpus Christi to an 80-48 (.625) record in his first season as the Hooks manager. The Hooks have already qualified for the playoffs, as they won their first-half division title, and own the second-best record among all full-season minor league teams, behind only the Astros Class A affiliate Quad Cities (81-45, .643).
This marks the second Manager of the Year award for Linares, as he received California League Manager of the Year honors in 2012 after guiding Class A Advanced Lancaster to a championship title.
Linares entered the coaching ranks in 1999 as a coach and scout for the Astros Dominican Republic operations and has steadily worked his way up the Astros system, making managerial stops at Rookie Level Greeneville (2007-09), Class A Lexington (2010-11) and Class A Advanced Lancaster (2012-14).
Linares joins Quad Cities skipper Josh Bonifay as the second Houston minor league manager to receive Manager of the Year honors, as Bonifay was named the Class A Midwest League Manager of the Year on Monday. Bonifay, who is in his fifth season with the Astros and his first as manager of the River Bandits, has led Quad Cities to the best overall record in the minor leagues (81-45, .643). In 2013, he was named the Appalachian League Manager of the Year after leading the Greeneville Astros to their second-best record in franchise history (38-30) and an appearance in the Appalachian League Championship Series.