SALT LAKE CITY — Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim announced today that Keith Johnson will return to manage the 2012 Salt Lake Bees. Alongside Johnson, and also returning to Salt Lake, will be hitting coach Jim Eppard, pitching coach Erik Bennett, trainer Brian Reinker and strength and conditioning coach Josh Fields.
Johnson, 40, enters his second season as manager of the Bees, leading the team to a franchise-best .983 fielding percentage and capturing the club's 4,000th Triple-A win in 2011. Prior to Salt Lake, he served a two-year managerial stint with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga (2009-10) and one season as manager of Single-A Cedar Rapids (2008), both in the Angels organization. He has compiled a 273-289 (.486) record in four seasons as a manager and has reached the playoffs three of those four seasons. The former infielder enjoyed a 12-year professional playing career including organizational stints with the Los Angeles Dodgers (1992-1998, 2001), Arizona Diamondbacks (1999) and Anaheim Angels (2000, 2002-2003). Johnson is a native of Hanford, Calif. and currently resides in Salt Lake City with his wife Malena and their four children.