The New York Yankees announced that former Charleston RiverDogs manager Torre Tyson was promoted and will be the organization's new minor league defensive coordinator. He intends to make Charleston his permanent residence.

Tyson replaces Jody Reed, who recently accepted a position in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization.

"I'm thrilled to be returning to Charleston, and this time it's on a permanent basis," Tyson said. "My wife (Jennifer) and I fell in love with the city of Charleston and over the years coaching and managing the RiverDogs, we knew someday it would be our home."

Tyson served as the RiverDogs hitting coach in 2005-06 before a three-year stint as the team's manager from 2007-09.

In 2010, the 35-year-old Tyson managed the Tampa Yankees of the High-A Florida State League to its second straight league championship and his first title as manager. Earning those accolades was the culmination of a career in Charleston that saw him leave as the winningest manager in RiverDogs team history with a record of 232-186.

Hot Stove Banquet

Fewer than 50 tickets remain for the seventh annual Hot Stove Banquet that will feature recently retired Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox.

The banquet will be held Jan. 28 at The Citadel's McAlister Field House. The event begins at 6 p.m. with the dinner starting at 7. The Hot Stove Banquet is a collaboration between the Charleston RiverDogs and The Citadel to whet the appetite of Charleston-area baseball fans. Proceeds benefit The Citadel baseball program and the MUSC's Storm Eye Institute, the RiverDogs' primary charity.

Tickets are $65 per person and include dinner and beverages. Tables with preferred seating for eight individuals are available for $500. For individual tickets and additional information, contact the RiverDogs at (843) 577-3647 or go to