"I've been talking to the organization for a couple of years about doing it," Clark said. "We have a Dominican scout down there, and he's been my contact guy and looking out for me and something came through. I met with the guys in Spring Training, and they were telling me they wanted to me to be one of the guys. There was a panel of four guys, which included myself, and last week they called and said, they wanted me to manage."
During his six seasons (2003-08) as a Minor League manager, Clark won two league titles and twice was named Manager of the Year, first in '03 after guiding Class A Advanced Lynchburg to the Carolina League finals, and then in '06 after leading the Astros' Double-A Corpus Christi Hooks club to the Texas League championship.
He also won a league title in 2004, guiding the Class A Hickory Crawdads to the South Atlantic League championship. Clark managed four seasons in the Astros' system, spending three seasons at Corpus Christi ('05-07) before moving up to Triple-A Round Rock in '08. He became third-base coach for the Major League club in '09.
"We're extremely pleased that Clarkie was selected for the Licey job," Wade commented. "This is another stop on Dave's way to a tremendous Major League managerial career. We know his opportunity is on the near horizon, and working in the highly-competitive Dominican Winter League environment will further accentuate his qualifications."