Mitchell_blogSAVANNAH, Ga. ? Donovan Mitchell has been tabbed to manage the Savannah Sand Gnats for the 2008 season, the New York Mets announced today.  Mitchell will lead a staff that features two returning members from the 2007 staff led by Tim Teufel. 

Mitchell, 38, managed the Mets Rookie League team in Kingsport, Tenn. the past two seasons.  In two years with the K-Mets, Mitchell compiled a 69-66 record and guided them to a second place finish in the Appalachian League?s Western Division in 2007.  Prior to his managerial work with Kingsport, he served as the hitting coach with the Brooklyn Cyclones in 2004 and 2005. 

George Greer will join Mitchell in Savannah in 2008 and serve as the team?s hitting coach.  Greer, who spent 17 seasons as the manager of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons, also spent 2007 with the Kingsport Mets.  Greer owns a 714-504-8 record as a Division I Head Coach in 23 seasons.  Last year in Kingsport, the K-Mets hit .257 as a team, which was good enough for fourth in the league. 

Jonathan Hurst, who served as Savannah?s pitching coach in 2007, returns to the Coastal Empire in 2008 to continue his duties as pitching coach and Pedro Lopez will serve as a coach on Mitchell?s 2008 staff.  Trainer Matt Thayer returns to Savannah for his second season as team trainer while Nick Wright begins his first season as the Gnats? strength coach. 

Savannah opens the home portion of the 2008 season Friday, April 11 at 7 p.m. versus the Columbus Catfish.  Season tickets and flex plans are currently available.  For more information and a complete schedule, visit or call 912-351-9150. 

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