January 13, 2006 (PRLEAP.COM) Sports News
Salt Lake City, Utah – The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have named Brian Harper as the Manager of the Salt Lake Bees. The announcement was made today by Angels Director of Player Development, Tony Reagins.

Harper joins the Bees after spending the previous five seasons as the manager of the Angels’ rookie affiliate, the Mesa Angels, in the Arizona Summer League (ASL). During his time with Mesa, Harper led the Angels to a 115-165 record.

"Brian has been a tremendous asset to the Angels organization for the past five seasons,” said Reagins. “His knowledge and experience make him an ideal manager for the Triple-A level. I know he's excited about this opportunity to manage in Salt Lake and to work with the Bees organization."

Originally drafted by the Angels in 1977, Harper played for eight different clubs during his 16-year career and was the starting catcher on the Minnesota Twins 1991 World Series Championship team. A native of San Pedro, California, Harper played in 1001 games and had a career batting average of .295.

“I’m looking forward to starting this new chapter in my baseball career,” said Harper. “Salt Lake is coming off a great season and I hope my experience will help us build on last year’s success.”

For more information about Bees season tickets, which start as low as $6 per game, please call 325-BEES.

Brian Harper will be available to the media from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. today. Media wishing to speak with Brian should call Derek Garduño at (801) 325-2316 to schedule a time. Harper will also be introduced to fans during the Utah Jazz game on January 25 against the Seattle SuperSonics.


For More Information:

Derek Garduño - Communications Coordinator - (801) 325-2316 - dgarduno@slbees.com
Linda Luchetti - Vice President of Communications - (801) 325-2570 - lluchetti@slbees.com