Sounds pitching coach steps down, cites personal reasons

Wednesday, June 22, 2011 at 6:47pm
Staff reports

Less than a week after he was selected to participate in the 2011 Pacific Coast League All-Star Game, Nashville Sounds pitching coach Rich Gale resigned for personal reasons, according to the team.

Gale stepped down over the weekend. The Sounds and their parent club, the Milwaukee Brewers, had no additional comment.

Bill Castro, the Brewers' roving minor league Latin pitching instructor, has replaced Gale on an interim basis. A permanent replacement will be hired at a later date.

Gale was in his second season with Nashville. He also spent two seasons (2007-08) with Albuquerque and spent 2009 as a Class A pitching coach in the Washington Nationals organization.

He was named a pitching coach for the all-star game (July 13, Salt Lake City) on June 16 but his decision meant that he would not appear there either.

The 57-year-old pitched 195 Major League Games over parts of seven season with four different franchises. The majority of his time was with the Kansas City Royals.

The Sounds entered Wednesday’s doubleheader against Omaha third in fewest runs (349) and hits (648) allowed and fourth in the PCL in team ERA (4.56).