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Gwinnett Braves coaching staff will not change for 2010

The coaching staff under manager Dave Brundage will remain the same for the Gwinnett Braves next season, with Derek Botelho again working with the pitchers and Jamie Dismuke with the hitters.

Atlanta announced its minor league field staffing for 2010 on Friday and there are only a few changes from last season.

<b>G-Braves hold holiday event at stadium</b>

The Gwinnett Braves are getting in the Christmas spirit.

The team will hold a holiday event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at Gwinnett Stadium, including a visit from Santa Claus. Team mascot Chopper will also be on hand.

Proceeds from a bake around the bases will benefit Gwinnett County food co-ops, children can participate in games and prices in the team store will be reduced for Christmas shopping.

There will also be a select-a-seat opportunity for 2010 ticket buyers and a chance for fans to participate in a Q&A with G-Braves manager Dave Brundage.

<i>- Guy Curtright

All the managers are the same, with Brundage leading the Class AAA G-Braves, Phillip Wellman at Class AA Mississippi, Rocket Wheeler at high Class A Myrtle Beach, Randy Ingle at Class A Rome, Paul Runge at rookie Danville and Luis Ortiz with the rookie Gulf Coast League team.

Botelho and Dismuke spent their first seasons in the Braves organization last season, when Gwinnett finished second in the Southern Division and made the International League playoffs as the wild-card team.

Brundage, who led Richmond to the IL's Governor's Cup Championship in his first season with Atlanta, is entering his fourth season as the Braves' Class AAA manager after a long tenure in the Seattle organization.

Mike Graus will return as the G-Braves' trainer, marking his 17th year in the Atlanta organization.

The only minor league staffer with a longer tenure is Rome manager Ingle, who will be in his 19th season.

The only two coaching changes for Atlanta are hitting coach Garey Ingram at Mississippi and pitching coach Kent Willis at Myrtle Beach.

Ingram previously worked for the Dodgers and Giants, while Willis had been the Braves' minor league pitching coordinator for four years until Dave Wallace was hired for that position recently.