By Doug Maurer
ASHEVILLE- Randy Ingle, a long-time member of the Braves organization and an inductee into the South Atlantic Hall of Fame, will join the Rockies farm system in 2018 as the Development Supervisor of Low-A Asheville. He replaces Marv Foley, who retired after the 2018 season.
Ingle, a native of Forest City, N.C., managed the Braves' affiliate at Rome to the SAL title in 2017. He spent last year as a special assistant to the Braves Farm Director. He was inducted into the SAL Hall of Fame in 2014. He mnaged Rome to 801 wins, second most in SAL history.
Ingle spent 31 years in the Atlanta organization.
"I'm very excited and really looking forward to this role with the Asheville Tourists," said Ingle. "Living only an hour from Asheville its always been one of my favorite cities to go to. The history of the ballpark, the organization, and the way the fans support it is remarkable."
Robinson Cancel will return for a second season as the Tourists' manager. Cancel engineered one of the biggest turnarounds from the first half to the second half in the South Atlantic League last year. The Tourists finished only two games out of a playoff spot, thanks in part to 22 road victories in the second half. Cancel began his tenure with the Rockies in 2017 as the hitting coach for the Boise Hawks. In 2015 and 2016, Robinson held managerial roles with the GCL Braves and the Danville Braves while at the same time Ingle managed the Rome Braves.
"Pairing Robinson and Randy together creates one exciting duo," said Tourists president Brian DeWine. "Add in the amount of experience our additional returning staff has, this is going to be a fun year for Tourists Baseball."
Returning for his third consecutive season as the Tourists hitting coach is Norberto "Paco" Martin. Asheville's offensive attack under Martin last year led the league in Home Runs, RBI, and Total Bases. Mark Brewer spent the last two seasons with the Rockies Triple-A and Double-A teams, but will rejoin the Tourists in 2019. Brewer served as Asheville's pitching coach from 2014-2016. Kelsey Branstetter is back as the Tourists Athletic Trainer for her second consecutive season.