3/22 Villone named Peoria pitching coach

Ron Villone, 42, a veteran of 15 Major League seasons, will take over as Class A Peoria’s pitching coach this year. Villone replaces Tom Pratt, who was recently diagnosed with brain cancer and has begun chemotherapy in Arizona. This will be Villone’s first coaching position. In his MLB career, Villone posed a 61-65 record and 4.73 ERA while pitching for 12 different franchises.

— Carrie Muskat

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