November 9, 2017 - Pacific Association (PA) - Sonoma Stompers
LEAGUE HONORS DUAL MANAGERS OF THE YEAR
Phillips, Miyoshi Tie for Top Spot
SONOMA, Calif.- While Sonoma Stompers Manager Takashi Miyoshi set a league record for wins in a season, Vallejo Admirals skipper PJ Phillips lead his team to their first-ever Pacific Association Championship .
The two managers tied for the league's 2017 Manager of the Year award, selected by three members of each Pacific Association team.
"PJ has a knack for bringing out the best in his players," said Admirals owner Kevin Reilly. "PJ may be a sensible, even wise, no-nonsense guy to work with, but don't think it's not exciting. He reworked the team to fit his style, which set up the turnaround."
Phillips, the brother of longtime Major Leaguer Brandon Phillips, took his team from a 12-27 record in the first half to a 24-15 record in the second, securing a spot in the Pacific Association Championship game.
While Phillips' squad lead the league in hits, home runs and doubles, the Stompers scored 74 more runs than their league opponents and recorded the most RBIs.
"Yoshi is an enormous asset to our organization and to this league. He's poured his heart and soul into this organization, and the return on that has been great success for our ball club and the players who've gone on to higher levels. Additionally, you won't find a single manager in this league more professional, harder working and more respectful of the game," said 2017 Stompers President and General Manager Theo Fightmaster.
When he was promoted in 2015, Miyoshi became the first Japanese-born manager in American professional baseball. He notched his 100th managerial win in July.
The league's Pitcher of the Year and Most Valuable Player awards will be announced Thursday and Friday, respectively.