By Betsy Dolan
Houston native and former Major League All-Star, Britt Burns, has been named the first pitching coach in franchise history by the Sugar Land Skeeters.
“With his background as a Minor League Pitching Coordinator, Britt is the perfect fit,” said Gary Gaetti, Manager of the Skeeters. “He will be able to develop the professional talent we acquire to compete in the high level of play of the Atlantic League.”
Burns has 18 years of professional coaching and six years as Minor League Pitching Coordinator, most recently with the Astros (2008-10). During his Major League career, Burns played eight seasons with the Chicago White Sox (1978-85). After making his professional debut in 1978, he was named the AL Rookie Pitcher of the Year in 1980 and an AL All Star in 1981. In 1985, his last season, Burns was an 18 game winner with a top 10 finish in Cy Young voting.
Burns and his wife make their home in Katy, Texas.
In other Skeeters news, Vic Gutierrez, a veteran of 14 professional baseball seasons, 10 with the Atlantic League, joins the club as a Hitting Coach. Acquired as an International Free Agent in 1997 by the Pittsburg Pirates, Gutierrez primarily played short stop throughout his career. He finished his career in the Atlantic League with a .297 batting average and a .345 on-base percentage.
Born in Santo Domingo, Distrito Nacional, Dominican Republic, Gutierrez and his wife make their home in Harrisburg, Penn.
The Skeeters – managed by Gary Gaetti – will play its first game at Constellation Field on April 26, 2012.