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McKimmy to Return as Manager in 2015

November 11, 2014 - West Coast League (WCL)
Yakima Valley Pippins News Release


YAKIMA, Wash. - After an historic run to a WCL pennant, the first expansion team in the history of the league to accomplish such a feat, the Yakima Valley Pippins have agreed to terms with manager Marcus McKimmy to return for the 2015 season.

"Marcus is one of the best coaches in the Pacific Northwest," said Zachary Fraser, president of Pacific Baseball Ventures, owners of the Pippins. "His connections within the Yakima Valley community and collegiate baseball, his knowledge of the game, and our shared passion for continuing to develop Pippins baseball into a destination franchise in the West Coast League make this opportunity to continue to work together an exciting one."

Under McKimmy's leadership, the Pippins clinched the WCL East with a 35-19 record in league play (39-21 overall overall). The Pippins established WCL records for an expansion franchise in wins, team batting average, doubles, triples, RBI and walks. They also set WCL expansion records on the mound for ERA and strikeouts. League MVP Vince Fernandez paced the Pippins at the plate, hitting .359 with single-season WCL records in home runs (10) and RBI (51). Eli Morgan and his 8-0 record on the mound led a deep pitching staff for Yakima Valley, which finished with a staff ERA of 3.37. McKimmy is also the head coach of the YVCC baseball program.

"From the front office, to players between the lines, we set the bar very high in our expansion year," said McKimmy. "I am very happy to build on what we accomplished in 2014. The coaching staff and I are working diligently to assemble an even better roster of talent every day. The challenge to compete for a WCL title and another division championship is something I take very seriously and am very much looking forward to. It's a great day to be a Pippin."

McKimmy and his staff are busy building the roster for the 2015 season. The first names on the 2015 roster should be released within the next week.

The 2014 East Division Champions are busy preparing for next season and want you to be involved. The 2015 season begins on June 5th, and season tickets are currently on sale as well as our full retail line at our offices at the State Fair Park. You can also purchase Pippins Gear online at www.pippinsbaseball.com . Call us at 509-575-HITS (4487) or email us at info@pippinsbaseball.com for more information regarding tickets, retail, or host families.

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