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    Former Pack Star Woodson Named Mudcats' Manager

    Nov. 8, 2002

    Zebulon, NC --- Tracy Woodson is coming back to the Triangle.

    The Carolina Mudcats, along with their first-year parent club Florida Marlins, announced Woodson, a Raleigh native, as their manager for the 2003 season.

    Woodson, who will return to Five County Stadium where he was hitting coach for the 1997 Mudcats, has spent the past two seasons managing in the San Diego Padres organization. Woodson guided Mobile (AA-Southern) in 2001 (65-73) and Ft. Wayne (A-Midwest) in 2002 (69-68).

    "I've followed Tracy's career at NC State through to the major leagues," Mudcats owner Steve Bryant said. "He was a special player and a great friend of the city of Raleigh. Tracy has always been generous with his time in the community."

    "The fact that the Marlins would pursue a manager the caliber of Tracy shows the relationship the Mudcats and Marlins are forging," Bryant continued. "Not many major league clubs would pursue and hire a local hero like Woodson for the benefit of their minor league affiliate, but the Marlins did."

    "The Mudcats are going to be an exciting club," Woodson remarked. "I saw a lot of the Marlins young talent this season in the Midwest League, and they had some special talent there."

    "This is a perfect opportunity for me," Woodson said. "I was hoping to get a chance to manage in the area. My son is there, and I still have a lot of friends there, as well."

    Woodson began his managerial career with the Pittsburgh Pirates organization from 1998-2000, leading Erie (R-New York/Penn), Hickory (A-South Atlantic) and Lynchburg (A-Carolina).

    Woodson, who was recently named to the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) 50th Anniversary Baseball Team, was the ACC player of the year in 1984, and a 2nd-team All-American at NC State (1982-84). To this day, Woodson still holds Wolfpack records for single-season (.913) and career (.720) slugging percentages.

    Woodson was drafted in the 3rd round in 1984 by the Los Angeles Dodgers, winning a World Series championship in 1988 under Tommy Lasorda, and finishing his career with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1992-3. Woodson compiled a .247 career average with five home runs and 50 RBI in 215 major league games.

    Woodson, now from Richmond, Virginia has a 13-year-old son, Michael.



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