CORPUS CHRISTI (CC Hooks) - First-year Corpus Christi Hooks skipper Keith Bodie is the 2012 Texas League Manager of the Year, TL president Tom Kayser announced Tuesday.
Bodie, who served as Corpus Christi's hitting coach in 2009, is the first Hooks manager so honored since Dave Clark in 2006.
Four Hooks - second baseman Jose Martinez, outfielder Austin Wates, first baseman Jon Singleton and closer Jason Stoffel, were also voted onto the postseason honor squad by league beat writers, broadcasters and field managers.
Bodie, who's piloted the Hooks to a team-record 78 victories, has Corpus Christi on the verge of the TL South Division second-half title. The Hooks' magic number to clinch is one, second-place Frisco seven games out with seven to play. Bodie and his charges open a four-game series with the RoughRiders tonight at Dr Pepper Ballpark.
The clubs meet in next week's South Division playoff series, Corpus Christi's first postseason berth since the 2006 TL championship run.
This is Bodie's fifth year as a manager in the Texas League and each of his previous four teams (Wichita 2000-03) won a second-half championship. His .560 winning percentage is tied for sixth all-time among circuit managers with 500-plus games.
In 16 seasons as a manager from short-season A through Triple-A, nine of Bodie's teams have qualified for the playoffs.
Martinez (Carabobo, VZ) was signed by the Astros as a free agent in February. The former St. Louis farmhand hit .304 with 21 doubles, four triples, 13 home runs and 75 runs batted in over 107 games before promotion to Triple-A Oklahoma City on August 10.
Wates (Richmond, VA) played collegiately at Virginia Tech and was a third-round pick of the Astros in 2010. His .312 batting average ranks third in the TL. Wates' tumbling catch over the Hooks bullpen fence in left-center field to rob San Antonio Missions slugger Nate Freiman on May 5 was the signature defensive play of the campaign.
Singleton (Lakewood, CA) is the Astros' top position player prospect. He leads the Texas League in runs scored (92) and his .891 OPS is fourth. Singleton paces the Hooks in doubles (27), home runs (20), RBIs (78), total bases (221) and walks (82).
Stoffel (Agoura, CA) is a former Arizona Wildcat who came to the Astros organization from San Francisco via trade. His 26 saves in 28 opportunities are a team single-season standard and lead the TL. Stoffel has struck out 55 in 55 innings.
All four players were members of the South Division All-Stars at mid-season.
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2012 Texas League Postseason All-Star Team
1B -- Nate Freiman, San Antonio
2B -- Kolten Wong, Springfield
3B -- Mike Olt, Frisco
SS -- Jurickson Profar, Frisco
UTL -- Jose Martinez, Corpus Christi
OF -- Engel Beltre, Frisco
OF -- Oscar Taveras, Springfield
OF -- Austin Wates, Corpus Christi
DH -- Jon Singleton, Corpus Christi
C -- Lars Davis, Tulsa
C -- Ali Solis, San Antonio
P -- Keith Butler, Springfield
P -- Edwar Cabrera, Tulsa
P -- Barret Loux, Frisco
P -- Seth Maness, Springfield
P -- Trevor Rosenthal, Springfield
P -- A J Schugel, Arkansas
P -- Jason Stoffel, Corpus Christi
P -- Dan Straily, Midland
Texas League Manager of the Year, Keith Bodie, Corpus Christi
Texas League Pitcher of the Year, Barret Loux, Frisco
Texas League Player of the Year, Oscar Taveras, Springfield
Mike Coolbaugh Texas League Coach of the Year, Terry Bradshaw, NW Arkansas
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