January 21, 2013 - North American League (NAmL) - San Rafael Pacifics
SAN RAFAEL, Calif. - The San Rafael Pacifics of the Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs named James Frisbie as their new manager, the second in team history, on Monday, January 21, 2013. The club also announced that former New York Yankee, Stefan Wever will serve as the Pacifics bench coach.
Frisbie, 40, a Kent, Washington native, played college baseball at Abilene Christian University and began his professional career in 1998 for the Alexandria Aces of the Texas Louisiana League.
"We are thrilled to bring James on board this year," said Mike Shapiro, President and General Manager of the Pacifics. "He is what independent baseball symbolizes. James has a tremendous amount of passion for the game and has a wealth of coaching experience, but most importantly he is career baseball man who does it for the love of the game. We looked at a lot of guys with major league experience but decided to go with a guy who, like his players, is trying to work his way up the ladder."
Frisbie spent three seasons in the Texas Louisiana League before starting his coaching career in 2002 as pitching coach for the Rio Grande Valley White Wings of the independent Central Baseball League. He served as the White Wings' field manager the following season.
After stops as pitching coach at Jackson (Central Baseball League), Chillicothe (Frontier League) and Coastal Bend (American Association), Frisbie returned to managing for Bradenton of the South Coast League. There, he finished second to Wally Backman (former New York Mets infielder and current Triple-A manager for the Mets affiliate in Buffalo) for manager of the year during the 2007 season.
Frisbie spent the next three seasons as pitching coach for the American Association Fort Worth Cats and spent the 2011 season serving as pitching coach for former Pacifics manager Mike Marshall at Chico of the North American League. He served as pitching coach for the Sioux City Explorers of the American Association.
"I am so excited to manage the Pacifics this season after their tremendous launch last season and will work hard to bring another championship team to Marin County," said Frisbie. "I am very thankful to Mike Shapiro and the team ownership for giving me the opportunity to be part of the Pacifics family."
Adding to the coaching staff, the Pacifics bring 54 year-old Stefan Wever to San Rafael as the team's bench coach. The 6-foot-8 right-hander was drafted by the New York Yankees out of the University of California, Santa Barbara in the 6th round of the 1979 amateur draft. He made his debut on September 17, 1982, only to have an arm injury cut his career short the very same day.
"Independent baseball is the only level I haven't been to yet, and it is fun to be apart of it," said the Marburg, W. Germany native. "I have a lot of experience coaching at all levels, including the major leagues. Hopefully guys will look up to that as something to offer and be receptive."
Wever's latest coaching stint was as the Head Varsity Baseball Coach at Redwood High School in Larkspur, CA.
The Pacifics have scheduled a press conference for Friday, January 25 at San Rafael Joe's in downtown San
Rafael, to introduce both Frisbie and Wever. In addition, former Pacifics manager Mike Marshall will be formally
introduced as the Commissioner of the Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs. The press conference is
scheduled for 1:00 PM and is open to the public.