As we clean off our desk and get ready to head to the Winter Meetings in Orlando we decided you might like to see a recap of all the new managerial appointments in Independent Baseball since the season ended.
We count 17 appointments, including half of the 12-team Frontier League and two-thirds of the new, six-team South Coast League. Eight jobs are open--or at least not announced--by our count, with three of those somewhat surprisingly in the Atlantic League.
The 17 "new" faces include Dave Lapoint, Mike Marshall, Andy McCauley, Dan Shwam and Mike Pinto, all of whom have moved from one city to another. The new appointments by league:
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION: Butch Henry, El Paso; Steve Shirley, Sioux Falls. Pensacola's job is open.
ATLANTIC LEAGUE: Dave Lapoint, Long Island. Bridgeport, Camden and the expansion team at York, PA are open.
CAN-AM LEAGUE: Dan Shwam, Grays (road team).
FRONTIER LEAGUE: Mark Mason, Chillicothe; Jeff Pohl, Evansville; Phil Warren, Gateway; Mike Pinto, Marion; Toby Rumfield, River City; Andy Haines, Windy City. We understand the new Slippery Rock job has been filled although we have not seen an announcement.
GOLDEN LEAGUE: Cory Snyder, St. George; Mike Marshall, Yuma.
NORTHERN LEAGUE: Andy McCauley, Kansas City; Steve Maddock, Schaumburg.
SOUTH COAST LEAGUE: Desi Wilson, Anderson; James Frisbie, Bradenton; Jackie Hernandez, Charlotte County; Phil Plantier, Macon. South Georgia and Aiken are open.
UNITED LEAGUE: Laredo is open.
We will be writing our regular Independent Baseball Insidercolumn from Orlando, and hope to do some blogging as well as the Hot Stove season heats up.
Saturday, December 02, 2006
17 INDEPENDENT CLUBS HAVE NEW MANAGERS WITH EIGHT TO GO
Former chief spokesman for Major League Baseball Commissioners Bowie Kuhn and Peter Ueberroth. Six years as publicity director for the Kansas City Royals, and a background in newspaper, radio and television. Started Wirz & Associates, a sports PR and consulting firm, in 1985. Has written extensively on Independent Baseball since 2003.