Chris Newell has been in professional baseball since 1997 as a player, manager and scout. After a successful college career, Newell played parts of two years in professional baseball in 1997 and ’98, earning a Gold Glove for his minor league team. After retiring as a player, Newell began his scouting career with Tampa Bay (1999-2005) and joined the New York Yankees in 2006. Newell made his professional coaching debut with the Kalamazoo Kings of the Frontier League in 2003, making him the youngest manager in professional baseball that season. Through his private instruction, he has trained 44 players who have either been drafted professionally or signed professional contracts. His former students include MLB All-Star and 2016 National League Batting Champion, DJ LeMahieu and 2015 Tampa Bay Rays draftee, Jacob Cronenworth.
As Manager of the Beavers, Newell has led his squad to three consecutive championship games and consecutive USPBL titles in 2017 and ’18. The Beavers have posted the best regular season record in all three seasons and produced eight players that have signed on with Major League Baseball organizations since 2016.
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