For the third year in a row, the Spokane Indians have a new manager.
Kenny Hook, Indians hitting coach in 2016, returns to Spokane as manager, replacing Kenny Holmberg, who returned to the Rangers as their minor league infield coordinator.
Hook, 43 and a native of Texas, spent the past two seasons as hitting coach for the Low-A Hickory Crawdads and High-A Down East Wood Ducks in the Rangers organization. He was manager of the unaffiliated Kansas City T-Bones in 2012-13.
The Spokesman-Review: So how does it feel to be back in Spokane?
Kenny Hook: It feels good. I was always fond of my time here and have great memories of my time here. I love the city of Spokane, it fits kind of what I’m accustomed to. There’s the same kind of feel as where I’m from, and Kansas City. Because it’s a big enough city, but it never feels too big, type of city. And obviously, you can’t beat the weather in the Northwest League. And there’s not really another place as far as in short-season that has this type of fan support. And the way it’s run front-office-wise, it’s easy to get excited about coming back here.
KH: It is. Some of the kids haven’t played outside of maybe Arizona (instructional league) or the Dominican. I’m excited to see them get that feeling of what it’s like when this stadium is full and they’re announced, or they make a big play or get a big hit, and what that feels like, to be recognized by the crowd when when that happens. Because that’ll be the first time in their professional career that they get to feel and sense some of that support.
S-R: What kind of music do you listen to?
Local journalism is essential.
Give directly to The Spokesman-Review's Northwest Passages community forums series -- which helps to offset the costs of several reporter and editor positions at the newspaper -- by using the easy options below. Gifts processed in this system are not tax deductible, but are predominately used to help meet the local financial requirements needed to receive national matching-grant funds.
Subscribe to the sports newsletter
Get the day’s top sports headlines and breaking news delivered to your inbox by subscribing here.