2011 International League Field Managers Named
February 15, 2011 - International League (IL) News Release
Seven of the International League's fourteen teams will be piloted by new managers in 2011, the highest ratio of teams with new skippers since 2007 when eight clubs were led by new managers. All seven of the new managers will be making their debut in the International League.
Each of the four managers from the 2010 Governors' Cup playoffs are back for another run at the IL's postseason championship. That includes the manager of the 2010 Triple-A Baseball National Champions, Mike Sarbaugh of Columbus, fresh off of his recognition by Baseball America as the Minor League Manager of the Year in his first season with the Clippers. The 2010 International League Manager of the Year was Durham's Charlie Montoyo, who looks to lead the Bulls to a fifth straight division title in his fifth year at the helm. Louisville's all-time winningest skipper, Rick Sweet, returns as his Bats seek to win the IL West for a fourth straight season. Also back is Scranton/Wilkes-Barre's Dave Miley, owner of more victories than any other International League manager since taking over the reins of the SWB Yankees in 2007.
The returning playoff managers won't be the only familiar faces in International League dugouts this season. Gary Allenson will once again pilot the Norfolk Tides, as he has done in each of the club's first four years affiliated with Baltimore. Dave Brundage, who won the 2007 Governors' Cup when Atlanta's affiliate was in Richmond, is back for the third season of baseball in Gwinnett. The Rochester Red Wings are also bringing back their 2010 skipper, as Tom Nieto prepares for his second season in the IL.
Just two of the League's new managers have previous Triple-A experience. Dean Treanor, who takes over in Indianapolis after serving as the club's pitching coach last year, managed six seasons in the Pacific Coast League in Calgary and Albuquerque. Last year's Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year, Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg, takes over in Lehigh Valley where he will work for the organization that originally drafted him over three decades ago.
The other five managers will be making their debut at the Triple-A classification. Buffalo's Tim Teufel has put in seven seasons managing at the lower levels of the Mets organization before getting his chance to guide New York's top affiliate this year. Similarly, Arnie Beyeler gets his chance to lead Pawtucket after having managed Boston's Double-A Portland club for the past four seasons. Former Chiefs catcher Randy Knorr will be returning to Syracuse as the team's manager in 2011. In Toledo, Phil Nevin has been named skipper of the Mud Hens after just one season of managerial experience in the affiliated minors. The youngest International League manager this season will be Charlotte's Joe McEwing, who at 38 years old is less than four years removed from his last game as a player.
The 2011 International League field managers include two of the five winningest active skippers in all of Minor League Baseball (Miley and Sweet). The group has combined to win over 9,000 minor league games as well as five Governors' Cups in the International League. As the 2011 season unfolds, only time will tell who will become the 79th manager of have his name etched onto the IL's coveted postseason trophy.
Tim Teufel (Buffalo): 52-year-old Tim Teufel takes over in Buffalo as manager of the Bisons, replacing Ken Oberkfell who has been named the bench coach for the New York Mets. Teufel is entering his eighth season as a Minor League manager in the Mets organization and his first at the Triple-A level. His career began with short-season Brooklyn of the New York-Penn League in 2003, earning a 47-28 record and a division title. Teufel spent five of the next six seasons managing at the Class-A level, which included a pair of two-year stints with St. Lucie of the Florida State League (2004-05 and 2008-09) and one season with Savannah of the South Atlantic League (2007). Then in 2010 he was promoted to the Double-A ranks, where he guided Binghamton to a 66-76 mark in the Eastern League. Before embarking on his managerial career, Teufel was in the Mets professional scouting department from 1998 to 2000 and served as the Mets minor league infield coordinator during the 2001 and 2002 seasons. The Greenwich, Connecticut native was an accomplished player who was named International League Most Valuable Player in 1983 with Toledo. He then spent eleven years in the Major Leagues with the Twins, Mets, and Padres. He played 93 regular season games for the 1986 World Champion Mets and hit .444 with a homer in three games during the World Series against Boston. Overall, he hit .254 with 86 home runs and 379 RBI in over 1,000 big league games. As a manager in the minors, Teufel brings to Buffalo a career record of 403-480 (.456).
Joe McEwing (Charlotte): Former Knights hitting coach Joe McEwing has been named the club's manager for 2011. The former big leaguer replaces Chris Chambliss, now the hitting coach for the Seattle Mariners. McEwing, 38, spent the last two seasons managing the White Sox Advanced Class-A Winston-Salem affiliate in the Carolina League. Under McEwing, the Dash combined to go 154-123 and made consecutive playoff appearances. In 2009, Baseball America named McEwing the best managerial prospect in the Carolina League, and in 2010 his team posted the circuit's best record at 81-58. McEwing played in over 750 Major League games between 1998 and 2006 with the Cardinals, Mets, Royals, and Astros. During his career he took the field at every position except pitcher and catcher. He signed with Boston in 2007 and played the entirety of what proved to be his final season with Pawtucket. In 2008, McEwing announced his retirement and went to work in Charlotte as the team's hitting coach. The native of Bristol, Pennsylvania attended County College of Morris in Randolph, New Jersey, where he was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame in 2001.
Mike Sarbaugh (Columbus): Following a tremendous campaign in which he was named the Baseball America Minor League Manager of the Year, Mike Sarbaugh, 43, returns for his second season in Columbus. Sarbaugh led the Clippers to the 2010 Governors' Cup and Triple-A National Championship. He had spent the previous two seasons managing at Double-A Akron, where in 2009 he guided the Aeros to an 83-59 finish and the Eastern League Championship. He was selected as Baseball America's "Best Managerial Prospect" in the Eastern League. This will be the 22nd consecutive season in the Indians organization for the native of Lancaster, Pennsylvania as a player, coach, and manager. Sarbaugh began his managerial career in 2004 by winning the New-York Penn League Championship with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers. He moved on to serve as the skipper for Lake County in 2005 and then Kinston in 2006 and 2007 prior to his promotion to Akron in 2008. His stint in Kinston included winning the Carolina League title in 2006 and honors as Manager of the Year in 2007. Sarbaugh carries a career managerial record of 534-386 (.580) over seven seasons. He played six seasons in the minor leagues, including five in the Cleveland organization (1990-94). Prior to becoming a manager, Sarbaugh spent five seasons as a coach with the Kinston Indians and Columbus (Ga.) RedStixx (1995-99) and four seasons as an Akron Aeros coach (2000-03).
Charlie Montoyo (Durham): 46-year-old Charlie Montoyo returns to the Bulls after four very successful seasons in Durham. Montoyo's Bulls have won four straight South Division flags, going 325-249 overall, highlighted by a Governors' Cup and Triple-A championship season in 2009, the same year he was honored as the Baseball America Minor League Manager of the Year as well as the Mike Coolbaugh Award recipient, given by Minor League Baseball to an individual for outstanding mentoring of young players on the field. In 2010 Montoyo became the first skipper from Durham to be named the IL Manager of the Year. Last July, he led the International League team to victory when he managed in his first Triple-A All-Star Game. This will be Montoyo's 15th season as a manager, all coming within the Tampa Bay farm system. From 2003-06 Montoyo managed Tampa Bay's Double-A affiliate â" Orlando in 2003 and Montgomery from 2004-06. The Biscuits' most successful season under Montoyo's guidance came in 2006, as Montgomery rolled to a 77-62 record and the Southern League Championship. His first managerial experience was in 1997 with Princeton of the Appalachian League (Rookie), where his club posted a 39-30 record. The second year he guided Hudson Valley to a division title (50-26) in the short season New York-Penn League. From 1999 to 2000 he skippered the Charleston Riverdogs of the South Atlantic League, guiding the team to its first winning season as a Tampa Bay affiliate in his second year (73-66). The following season was spent at Class-A Bakersfield of the California League, where his 64-76 club was the organization's only to make the playoffs. In 2002 Montoyo's Bakersfield team missed returning to the postseason by just one game. The native of Manati, Puerto Rico had a 10-year professional career as a player. The former middle infielder played with the Brewers, Expos, and Phillies organizations, tasting the Major Leagues for 27 days with Montreal in 1993. So far in his 14-year managerial career, Montoyo has a record of 951-883 (.519).
Dave Brundage (Gwinnett): Back for his fifth season at the helm of Atlanta's Triple-A affiliate is 46-year-old Dave Brundage. He's led the Braves to a 153-134 record during the first two seasons of baseball in Gwinnett, which included a Wild Card berth in 2009. Before the team moved to Georgia, he piloted the Richmond Braves to a 140-142 mark from 2007 to 2008. The R-Braves won the Governors' Cup in 2007 during Brundage's first season in the IL. His Triple-A debut had come just one year earlier in the Pacific Coast League with Tacoma, piloting the Rainiers to a 74-70 mark. Brundage spent the previous five seasons as manager of Double-A San Antonio, guiding the Missions to back-to-back Texas League Championships in 2002-03. He earned distinction as Baseball America's Minor League Manager of the Year in 2003 following an 88-51 season. The Salem, Oregon native began his managerial career with Seattle's Class-A clubs in the California League, Riverside in 1995 and Lancaster in 1996. In 1997 he was promoted to manager of the Mariners' Double-A affiliate in Memphis, where he went 67-72. Brundage spent the next three seasons (1998-2000) as a coach for Tacoma before returning to the manager's role in San Antonio. Brundage played ten seasons in the Minor Leagues, including six with the Triple-A Calgary Cannons where he became a player-coach in 1993. Brundage enters the 2011 campaign with a lifetime record of 946-881 (.518) in the Minor Leagues, including a 367-346 (.515) mark at the Triple-A level.
Dean Treanor (Indianapolis): Dean Treanor, last year the Indianapolis pitching coach, has been named manager of the Indians for the 2011 campaign. The 63-year-old Treanor replaces former skipper Frank Kremblas who now serves as a minor league field coordinator for the Pittsburgh organization. Treanor is hardly new to managing. His 23-years of experience in the dugout include eight as a manager, including six seasons at the Triple-A level during which time he amassed a record of 428-415. Before joining the Pirates system as pitching coach of Double-A Altoona in 2009, Treanor was manager of the Albuquerque Isotopes of the Pacific Coast League from 2005 to 2008, part of a seven-year stint in the Florida organization. He was the Marlins minor league pitching coordinator in 2004, after having managed Albuquerque in 2003 and Calgary in 2002 before Florida's Triple-A team moved to New Mexico. Treanor's only other managing experience came in 1988 with Class-A Fresno and in 1990 with Rookie League Winter Haven. Every other season between 1989 and 2001 saw Treanor serving as a pitching coach, working in the Cleveland, San Diego, Montreal, and Los Angeles Dodgers organizations. The San Luis Obispo, California native was signed as a player by Cincinnati in 1971. His minor league pitching career took him as high as the Double-A level when he played for Three Rivers Quebec in the Eastern League. Treanor becomes the 59th manager in the history of the Indianapolis Indians, bringing with him a career record of 504-544 (.481).
Ryne Sandberg (Lehigh Valley): Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg is the new manager of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. He becomes the franchise's second skipper, replacing Dave Huppert who is now the manager of Class-A Lakeland in the Detroit farm system. Sandberg, 51, spent the last four seasons as a manager in the Chicago Cubs organization, beginning with Class-A Peoria in 2007 and 2008, Double-A Tennessee in 2009, and Triple-A Iowa of the Pacific Coast League last year. His clubs have posted winning records in three of those four seasons, including two first place finishes. He was named the PCL Manager of the Year in 2010 after guiding the Iowa Cubs to an 82-62 record, which tied for the best mark in the Northern Division. Overall, Sandberg's managerial record stands at 284-277 entering his second season at the Triple-A level. A 2005 inductee into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Sandberg was a ten-time National League All-Star who won nine Gold Gloves and seven Silver Slugger awards during his 16-year career (1981-94, 1996-97). He was originally drafted by the Phillies in 1978 and made his big league debut with Philadelphia in 1981 before being traded to the Cubs prior to the 1982 season. In his career, he hit .285 with 282 home runs, 1,061 RBI, and 344 stolen bases. He retired with a then-Major League record 277 home runs as a second baseman. Sandberg is a native of Spokane, Washington.
Rick Sweet (Louisville): Back for his seventh season with the Bats, where he owns Louisville's all-time record for victories, is Rick Sweet. 58-year-old Sweet has guided the Bats to three consecutive West Division crowns, going 79-64 last season and 466-394 overall during his Louisville tenure. In 2008 and 2009 Sweet became the first skipper since Eddie Haas in 1981 and 1982 to win back-to-back IL Manager of the Year Awards, while also piloting the IL All-Stars to a victory during his record third appearance as a manager in the Triple-A All-Star Game. He joined the Cincinnati organization in 2005 after one year in the Detroit system, where he led Double-A Erie to an 80-62 record and a playoff berth. A season earlier he completed a three-year run with Triple-A Portland, San Diego's affiliate in the PCL. Rick's three Beavers clubs were a combined 212-219. The native of Longview, Washington spent each of the 1998-2000 campaigns in the Montreal Expos' organization. He managed Double-A Harrisburg to the Eastern League crown in 1998, then accepted a position as the organization's Minor League Field Coordinator. He held that job through July 20, 2000 when he took the helm of Ottawa. Rick led the Lynx to a 15-34 record down the stretch. In 1997, he managed Double-A Binghamton (Mets) to a 66-76 record. Sweet's longest stint with any organization spanned eight years (1989-96) with Houston. After skippering teams in Osceola, FL (1989), Columbus, GA (1990), and Jackson, MS (1991-92), Sweet made his Triple-A managerial debut with Tucson in 1993. He had a successful three-year run with the then-Toros, leading the club to the PCL title in his inaugural season (83-60 record), earning the loop's Manager of the Year Award in 1994 (81-63), and guiding his team to the circuit's best record in 1995 (87-56). Following a nine-year playing career, Sweet retired after the 1983 season. He spent five seasons in the Seattle system, serving as the Major League bullpen coach (1984), advance scout (1985-86), and as a Minor League manager (1987-88). Sweet's career managerial record stands at 1,515-1,449 (.511), including an impressive mark of 944-826 (.533) at the Triple-A classification.
Gary Allenson (Norfolk): Former International League MVP Gary Allenson is back for his fifth season as manager of the Norfolk Tides. Last year he guided the Tides to a 24-31 mark before joining the Orioles staff as a coach on June 4 when former IL skipper Dave Trembley was replaced by Buck Showalter. Bobby Dickerson assumed the helm in Norfolk for the rest of the 2010 season. Overall with the Tides, Allenson has a record of 228-254. This will be Allenson's 17th season as a Minor League skipper as he attempts to lead his third IL club to the postseason. He guided the 2003 Ottawa Lynx to a 79-65 record, earning the team a Wild Card berth in the playoffs. His only previous Triple-A managing experience came in 1998-99 with Louisville, where he led the then-RiverBats to a 140-148 record. His 1998 club won the IL West. After his two years in Louisville, Allenson spent three seasons as a coach for the Milwaukee Brewers before joining the Baltimore organization. His career as a manager has taken him to Bluefield (2006; Rookie), Carolina (2005; Class-A), Jackson (1997; Double-A), Charleston (1996; Class-A), New Britain (1991; Double-A), Lynchburg (1989-90; Class-A), and Oneonta (1987-88; Class-A). His resume also includes three seasons (1992-94) as a bullpen coach and third base coach for the Boston Red Sox. As a player, Allenson spent seven seasons (1979-85) as a Major League catcher with Boston and Toronto, hitting .221 with 19 HR and 131 RBI. In 1978 he was named the International League's Most Valuable Player after hitting .299 with 20 HR and 76 RBI for the Pawtucket Red Sox, but that isn't Allenson's personal highlight from his days playing in the IL. He also met his future wife, Dorothy, while playing on the road in Norfolk, where she was an usherette at Met Park (former home of the Tidewater Tides). The 56-year-old Allenson, who hails from Culver City, California, owns a career managerial record of 948-1,013 (.483), including a 447-467 (.489) mark at the Triple-A level.
Arnie Beyeler (Pawtucket): After four seasons as manager of Boston's Double-A Portland team, Arnie Beyeler has been named skipper of the Pawtucket Red Sox for the 2011 campaign. He replaces Torey Lovullo, who will be the first base coach for the Toronto Blue Jays. Beyeler's Portland Sea Dogs compiled a 282-283 record, making the playoffs in both 2007 and 2008. Overall Beyeler has managed ten seasons in the minors, including seven in the Red Sox farm system. Beyeler is a former player who spent six seasons in the minors from 1986 to 1991, topping out at Triple-A Toledo. He then went to work as an area scout for the Detroit Tigers from 1992 to 1996 before spending three years as a coach in the Yankees organization. In 2000 the native of Moab, Utah came to Pawtucket to serve as hitting coach before leaving in June to manage the short season Lowell Spinners. After two years in Lowell, Beyeler was hired by Texas and from 2003 to 2005 he managed at the Class-A level, a stretch highlighted by consecutive playoff appearances for his Stockton club. In 2006 Beyeler was the hitting coach for San Diego's Double-A affiliate in Mobile before rejoining the Red Sox organization in 2007 with Portland. Entering his first year managing at the Triple-A level, the 47-year-old Beyeler has a career record of 642-630 (.505).
Tom Nieto (Rochester): 50-year-old Tom Nieto prepares for his second year piloting the Rochester Red Wings, looking to improve upon the club's 49-95 season. Nieto enters his 11th year as a minor league manager, his third in the Twins organization, and his second season in Triple-A. Before coming to Rochester, the native of Downey, California was the manager for Double-A New Britain in 2009. Nieto began his managerial career with Class-A Charleston, going 141-139 in 1993-94. After three years coaching with Double-A Norwich, he took over as manager of Class-A Greensboro for the 1997-98 seasons, where he went 154-128. In 1997 he was named the Best Managerial Prospect in the South Atlantic League by Baseball America. He managed the Yankees' Class-A affiliate in Tampa in 1999 and 2000, before being promoted to New York's coaching staff for two seasons. In 2003-04 he posted a record of 127-145 as skipper of St. Louis' Class-A Palm Beach club before becoming a catching instructor in the Mets system from 2005-07. In 2008 he was the Mets first base coach before a managerial change was made in June. He joined the Twins organization in 2009, going 72-69 with New Britain. In ten seasons, Nieto has compiled a 691-704 (.495) managerial record, with his teams finishing with a .500 or better record in seven of those ten seasons (three playoff appearances) as a manager. The former catcher enjoyed a seven-year big league career, seeing time with the Cardinals, Expos, Twins, and Phillies.
Dave Miley (Scranton/Wilkes-Barre): In three years at the helm of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, Dave Miley has posted a record of 340-231, tops in the IL. The stretch includes an IL Manager of the Year Award in 2007 and a Governors' Cup title in 2008 â" his second (Louisville, 2001). Miley also piloted New York's Triple-A affiliate in Columbus in 2006 (69-73). Prior to joining the Yankees, Miley spent 26 years in the Cincinnati organization, highlighted by his stint as manager of the Reds. From July 2003 to June 2005, Miley's Reds went 125-164. Miley also spent several years as manager of Cincinnati's Triple-A team. In four years with Louisville (2000-03), he went 296-245 (.547), a period which included the first of two times he would manage the IL All-Stars at the Triple-A All-Star Game (2002 & 2008). Prior to his time in Louisville, Miley was at the helm for four seasons in Indianapolis (1996-99). Miley led the Tribe to four straight winning campaigns, the first two in the American Association before Indianapolis joined the IL in 1998. Miley was named the American Association Manager of the Year in 1997. In 1995 his Chattanooga club enjoyed an 83-60 season and came within one game of winning the Southern League Championship. Miley was honored as both the Southern League and Double-A Manager of the Year. He spent parts of 1993-94 as a Major League coach and Minor League coordinator. His managing debut came in 1988 with Class-A Greensboro of the South Atlantic League, the first of five straight years he guided a club into the postseason. Miley was a catcher for seven seasons (1980-86) in the Reds organization, hitting .238 with 16 HR and 172 RBI, all in the Minor Leagues. The 48-year-old Tampa, Florida native enters the 2011 season with a career mark of 1,649-1,309 (.557), including a record of 1,019-810 (.557) at the Triple-A level. Randy Knorr (Syracuse): Former Chiefs catcher Randy Knorr returns to Syracuse as the club's skipper in 2011, marking his debut as a manager at the Triple-A level. Knorr takes over for last year's manager, Trent Jewett, who is now serving as a special assistant to Nationals manager Jim Riggleman. Knorr has five years of experience managing at lower levels of the Washington chain. Last season he guided Double-A Harrisburg to a 77-65 record and a trip to the Eastern League playoffs. He had previously spent three seasons at the helm of the Class-A Potomac Nationals from 2006 to 2008, though his first year was cut short when he was promoted to the major league staff as bullpen coach in June. His other season of managerial experience came in 2005 with Class-A Savannah, then the Nationals' South Atlantic League affiliate. In 2009, Knorr was the bullpen coach for the big league club. The 42-year-old Knorr is a former big leaguer who spent parts of eleven seasons with the Blue Jays, Astros, Marlins, Rangers, and Expos, hitting .266 in 676 career at-bats. He earned World Series rings with Toronto in 1992 and 1993. During his time in the Minor Leagues, Knorr played in 182 games with the Syracuse Chiefs between 1991 and 1996. The native of San Gabriel, California brings a career managerial record of 318-306 (.510) to Syracuse.
Phil Nevin (Toledo): 39-year-old Phil Nevin has been named manager of the Toledo Mud Hens, replacing longtime skipper Larry Parrish who is now the hitting coach for the Atlanta Braves. Relatively new to the managing scene, Nevin joined the Tigers organization in 2010 when he piloted the Double-A Erie club to a record of 66-76 in the Eastern League. Nevin got into managing in 2009 as skipper of the Orange County Flyers of the independent Golden Baseball League, compiling a record of 37-39. Nevin was selected first overall in the 1992 draft by the Houston Astros after a stellar college career at Cal State Fullerton, where he received the Golden Spikes Award (given to the nation's best amateur player) and was named Most Outstanding Player of the College World Series . He would go on to spend twelve seasons in the big leagues, seeing time with the Astros (1995), Tigers (1995-97), Angels (1998), Padres (1999-2005), Rangers (2005-06), Cubs (2006), and Twins (2006). He retired with a career batting average of .270 to go along with 208 home runs and 743 RBI in 1,217 games, and spent parts of the next two years in broadcasting with the Padres and ESPN before becoming a manager.
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