John Harris joins the Blue Crabs following a year with the Trois Rivieres Aigles (Can-Am League) as their Director of Player Procurement. Harris’ role with the Aigles included signing players to the team directly from the California Winter League.
The Portland, Oregon native was drafted in the 1976 Major League Baseball draft by the California Angels and played with the Angels from 1979-1981. After Harris’ playing career, he served as hitting coach with the Sioux Falls Canaries, the Shreveport-Bossier Captains – both of the American Association, and the Amarillo Dillas of the United League. In 2011, he was named Field Manager for the Amarillo Dillas.
Harris’ most recent stint with the Atlantic League came with the Bridgeport Bluefish in 2015 where he served as the hitting coach. While a member of the Bluefish, Harris was named as the 2015 All-Star game hitting coach.
The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs announced on January 13, 2017 the hiring of James Frisbie as Pitching Coach for the 2017 season. Frisbie joins the Blue Crabs after managing the Texas Air Hogs of the American Association in 2016.
The 44-year-old left-handed pitcher was signed by the Alexandria Aces in the Texas-California League in 1998. Frisbie was on staff with the Rio Grande Valley White Wings, the Jackson Senators of Central Baseball League and with the Chillicothe Paints in the Frontier League. In 2013, Frisbie was named the team manager for the Rockford Aviators and was the manager for the 2015 Frontier League All-Star game.
The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs announced on May 24, 2017 that utility man Gary Brown was promoted to player/coach, and will serve as the hitting coach for the remainder of the team’s 10th anniversary season.
Brown joined the Blue Crabs in the 2016 season. He began the season primarily playing center field, but also made appearances at second base during the season. Brown hit towards the top of the lineup most of the season, hitting .249, with 10 HR, 40 RBI’s, and 21 stolen bases. Brown resigned with the Blue Crabs for their 10th anniversary season on February 2, 2017.