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Jacksonville Suns Announce 2011 Manager and Field Staff

Coming off Back-2-Back Southern League Championships in 2009 and 2010, the Jacksonville Suns have announced that Andrew Barkett will join the Florida Marlins organization to manage the Suns in 2011. Returning to the Suns are Hitting Coach Corey Hart and Pitching Coach John Duffy along with Athletic Trainer Dustin Luepker.

Barkett enters his fifth season as a Minor League manager, and first season in the Marlins organization. Since 2008 he managed the Lakeland Flying Tigers, the Detroit Tigers’ Advanced-A affiliate in the Florida State League and posted an overall record of 193-212. His managing debut in professional baseball was in 2007 with the Oneonta Tigers in the New York Penn League where the team reached the League Semi-Finals with a record of 44-32.

Upon being named the Suns Manager in 2011, Barkett stated, "I’m very excited about joining the Suns family and the Marlins organization.  Being from Miami it’s a thrill to be able to work for the hometown team and join their Back to Back Championship-winning affiliate.  I’m also looking forward to following in the footsteps of great managers Tim Leiper and Brandon Hyde."

A former first baseman and outfielder, Barkett spent 11 years in professional baseball with the Rangers, Braves, Pirates, Devil Rays, Tigers, and Mariners organizations. He saw 17 games in the Majors with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2001 and amassed 14 hits including one homerun and three RBI’s in 46 at-bats.

Barkett is a native of Miami, FL and attended North Carolina State University. He resides in Oviedo, FL with his wife Brandy and their three children Jade, Isiah and Emma.

The Jacksonville Suns open defense of their Back-2-Back Southern League Championships at the Baseball Grounds on Thursday April 7. The Suns are the Double-A Affiliate of the Florida Marlins and are proud members of the Southern League of Professional Baseball Clubs.  Season tickets, sponsorships and group events are currently on sale for the 2011 season by calling the Suns front office at (904) 358-2846.

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