Birmingham's Everardo Magallanes Named Southern League Manager Of The YearAugust 31, 2009 - Southern League (SL)
Despite a steady flux in Birmingham's roster, the Barons remained dominant throughout the season under the steady hand of Magallanes. Birmingham cruised to a 48-21 first- half record and its second straight South Division first-half title, outpacing Mobile by a staggering 11.5 games. The 48-21 mark was the club's best first-half record since the 1989 Barons went 53-18.
Magallanes inherited a supremely talented Barons roster, starting the season with six of the top-10 prospects in the Chicago White Sox farm system. While many expected the Barons to contend for the first-half division crown with that core, few would have guessed Birmingham would continue to dominate after the majority of those players were promoted. Of the 26 players that started the season with Birmingham, 12 have been promoted and are no longer on the Barons roster.
Magallanes has his club competing for the second-half division title as well, as the Barons are currently 3.5 games behind Jacksonville at 37-25. If the Barons manage to overtake the Suns, they will be the first club to win both halves since the Huntsville Stars swept the North Division in 2007.
Birmingham leads the league in hitting (.271), runs (692), home runs (129), wins (85), shutouts (13), home runs allowed (54) and is second in ERA (3.35). The Barons also currently hold the third-best record in professional baseball among full-season teams at 85-46 (.649).
Prior to joining the Barons, Magallanes managed the previous three years in the Angels organization. A native of Chihuahua, Mexico, the 42-year-old Magallanes owns a career managerial record of 264-202 and was also named the Arizona League's Manager of the Year in 2006. A left-handed hitting middle infielder, he appeared in three games with the Cleveland Indians in 1991, his only major league service time.
Southern League Stories from August 31, 2009
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- Suns even series with Monday win - Jacksonville Suns
- Torra tosses shutout, homers in 6-0 rout of Smokies - Mobile BayBears
- Young repeats as league's best hustler - Mississippi Braves
- Smokies' play-in game destinations determined Monday - Tennessee Smokies
- Ciriaco named to Postseason All-Star Team - Mobile BayBears
- Lalli Named to Postseason All-Star Team - Tennessee Smokies
- Vazquez Heads to Louisville, Starts Tonight - Carolina Mudcats
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- Wood Named S.L. Pitcher Of Year - Carolina Mudcats
- Carrera, Halman honored by Southern League - Jackson Generals
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- Southern League announces Postseason All-Stars - SL
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- Colvin Named "SL Hitter of the Week" - Tennessee Smokies
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- Eymann Reassigned; Tordy Sent to Sarasota - Carolina Mudcats
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