February 12, 2013 - International League (IL)
When the 130th season of International League baseball commences April 4, six of the League's fourteen franchises will have a new field manager at the helm. The men charged with developing their major league affiliate's top prospects this season bring with them a wealth of experience and knowledge to their Triple-A team.
The International League will have three skippers in 2013 who have previously managed in the major leagues, including the returning IL Manager of the Year Dave Miley. After a season on the road, Miley's Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders return to the fully-renovated PNC Field to defend their IL North title. Miley managed the Cincinnati Reds from 2003 to 2005. Another manager back to defend a division crown is Charlotte's Joel Skinner, who piloted the Cleveland Indians during part of the 2002 season. Also a MLB managing alum is one the League's newcomers, Jim Riggleman of the Louisville Bats. Riggleman has managed well over 1,400 games in the big leagues with the Padres, Cubs, Mariners, and Nationals.
In addition to Miley and Skinner, six other managers return to their 2012 International League club, including the man who led his team to the IL's best record last season. Dean Treanor guided Indianapolis to a 89-55 record and the club's first division title since 2006. In Durham, Charlie Montoyo is back after his Bulls missed the playoffs for the first time in six years at the helm. Rochester's Gene Glynn will try to build on his club's 72-72 season in 2012, the team's best mark in four years. Former top overall draft pick Phil Nevin returns to Toledo for a third season as manager of the Mud Hens. A familiar face will be back in Norfolk as well, as Ron Johnson returns for his second season with the Tides and seventh overall in the International League. Rounding out the group of returning managers is Tony Beasley of Syracuse, who joined the Chiefs prior to the 2012 campaign.
One other manager is back from last season, but he'll be in new surroundings. Dave Brundage, who piloted the Gwinnett Braves since their debut in 2009, joined the Phillies organization this offseason. While Brundage takes over in Lehigh Valley, Gwinnett will now be led by Randy Ready, a former manager in the Pacific Coast League. Another former PCL skipper, Marty Brown, returns to his former stomping grounds in Buffalo due to the affiliation shift to Toronto. Brown, manager of the Blue Jays Triple-A team in Las Vegas last season, previously guided the Bisons to the 2004 Governors' Cup title.
New managers also take over in the League's two most recent championship cities. In Pawtucket, the defending Governors' Cup Champions will be managed by former Angels shortstop and executive Gary DiSarcina, who was set to become a Special Assistant to General Manager Jerry Dipoto prior to joining the PawSox. In Columbus, home of the 2010 and 2011 Triple-A National Champions, the Clippers will be piloted by Chris Tremie. Tremie guided Cleveland's Double-A affiliate in Akron to the 2012 Eastern League title.
The 2013 International League field managers include two of the top ten winningest active skippers in all of Minor League Baseball (Miley and Johnson). The group has combined to win well over 10,000 Minor League games as well as five Governors' Cup titles. Just one manager, however, is destined to have his name etched onto the IL's coveted postseason trophy when the 2013 season concludes this September.