Management introduced former big leaguer, Phil Nevin, as the new man calling the shots at Tuesday's press conference in the team's clubhouse. Former manager Brett Butler left the organization after last season, accepting a coaching position with the Miami Marlins.
"One of the first things they (Aces organization) talk about, everybody, is about winning baseball games," Nevin said. "And we are here to do that."
Nevin inherits a team that finished 60-84 last year.
The new Aces' manager admitted his coaching philosophy will shift depending on the available skills on his roster. He won't be rewriting any baseball coaching philosophies, however.
"I like my pitchers to get outs and when we're hitting, I like our hitters to get hits," Nevin said. "That kind of sums it all up."
Nevin started his coaching career for the Orange County Flyers, an independent, in 2009. He led the Flyers to a 37-39 record.
He then jumped to the Detroit Tigers system where he managed the Erie Seawolves (Tigers AA affiliate) for a season before taking a new job once again, the following year, with the Toledo MudHens (Tigers AAA affiliate). He stayed in Toledo for three seasons, accounting for a 188-244 record, before becoming the Aces' skipper.
Out of California State-Fullerton, Nevin was the first overall pick in the 1992 Major League Baseball Draft. In his 12-year career, Nevin hit .270 with 208 home runs and 743 RBI.
Nevin was a National-League all star with the San Diego Padres in 2001, hitting .306 with 41 home runs and 126 RBI.
Along with the Padres, Nevin played for the Houston Astros, Detroit Tigers, Anaheim Angles, Texas Rangers, Chicago Cubs and wrapped up his career with the Minnesota Twins in 2006.
After retiring, Nevin was a part of the Padres pregame radio show and an ESPN analyst for the college baseball regionals and the College World Series.
"It really wasn't for me, sitting on the radio and talking," Nevin said of his move back to the dugout. "I missed being on the field. I missed being in a uniform."
Nevin will make his Aces debut, April 3, at home against the El Paso Chihuahuas.