Gellinger to manage Advanced Rookie Bristol

WASHINGTON -- Mike Gellinger, who has been part of the Major League staff since 1997 and served as Greg Walker's unofficial assistant hitting coach, will manage Advanced Rookie Bristol in 2013. He replaces Bobby Magallanes, who will be doing more roving work with Latin American players while also working in a culturalization role with these players.

"He'll spend the first few months doing more special assignment stuff, scouting," said general manager Rick Hahn of Gellinger. "Then he's going to transition into player development going into mini-camp right after the Draft and then doing some Rookie-ball work, and then he'll be in instructional league and transfer fully into player development.

"He had expressed an interest in getting back toward managing, which is where his roots are. He's been with the big league staff since the late '90s. He expressed interest in getting back on the field and doing that. It worked out nicely."

Gellinger spent the 1996 season as the White Sox infield coordinator and managed at Rookie Sarasota (1990, '95), Class A South Bend (1994) and Advanced Rookie Utica (1989, '91). Magallanes' new role originally was put together with Lino Diaz in mind, but Diaz now is working with the big league team.

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