Originally created 01/23/04

John hired to manage Staten Island



NEW YORK -- Former New York Yankees pitcher Tommy John was hired to manage the Staten Island Yankees of the New York-Penn League on Thursday.

John spent 26 seasons in the major leagues and pitched for the Yankees from 1979-82 and 1986-89. He had a 288-231 career record.

He was the pitching instructor for the Eastern League's Harrisburg Senators in 2002, then managed Maryvale in the 2002 Arizona Fall League. He was pitching coach of the Pacific Coast League's Edmonton Trappers last year.

Hitting instructor Kevin Higgins and pitching coach Dave Eiland will return to the Baby Bombers' staff this season.