YAKIMA -- For what could be their last season in Yakima, the Bears on Tuesday announced that they will have the same manager as last season.
Meaning Audo Vicente will return for his second year as the Northwest League club's skipper.
Also back will be pitching coach Doug Bochtler. Jacob Cruz, last season's hitting coach, has been promoted to advanced Class A Visalia, and will be succeeded here by Jason Camilli.
"It's nice to have the guys that are returning," said Bears general manager K.L. Wombacher in a telephone interview. "We know how to work with them, they know how to work with us and we know each other's expectations.
"Our team had a very good second half under Audo's leadership and we believe Doug Bochtler is a tremendous pitching coach."
Camilli, 36, was a 1994 Montreal Expos draftee who played nine season in the minor leagues. He was a hitting coach in the Washington Nationals system for two years before joining the Arizona Diamondbacks, Yakima's parent organization.
Last year the Bears started slowly with a roster featuring few upper-level draft choices, finishing the season's first half with the NWL's worst record at 13-25. But they rallied, going 20-18 during the second half and contending for a second straight playoff berth through the next-to-last game.
"Audo definitely brings some energy and youthfulness to the clubhouse," Wombacher said. "And during the short time he's been a manager in the Diamondbacks system, he's won at just about every level he's been at."
Vicente, who turned 32 last summer, is a native of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and signed with the D-backs as a 16-year-old infielder.
He reached Class AAA Tucson in 1998, then began a coaching career that saw him manage Arizona affiliates at Missoula for two years and Visalia for one before coming to Yakima last summer.
Also Tuesday, the Diamondbacks disclosed their minor league staff under director Mike Bell, who managed the Bears in 2007.
Among the names familiar to Yakima baseball fans are Mel Stottlemyre Jr., who will continue as pitching coordinator, and ex-Bears manager Bill Plummer, who remains the organization's catching coordinator.
Bears officials, meanwhile, began negotiating with the city of Vancouver and Clark County prior to last season in hopes of getting a stadium built there for relocation. Efforts to build a new stadium in or near Yakima had failed to gain traction.
Their initial hope was to complete the new facility in time to start the 2012 season there, but the funding process slowed.
Late last season, the Bears announced they would stay in Yakima for next season, although Vancouver and Clark County officials are continuing to press for a stadium that the Bears could move to in time for the 2013 campaign.