One of the joys of writing this blog and my weekly Independent Baseball Insider column is the opportunity to keep in touch with so many baseball people, many of whom I have not met in person.
One such person is Mike Kashirsky, who I wrote about for the Insider last September because he had stepped up from bench coach to become manager of the Frontier League's Windy City Thunderbolts (Crestwood, IL) midway in the 2008 season. He took a 24-22 team, won 36 of the remaining 50 games, then led the 'Bolts to six more wins in seven games and the postseason championship.
Kashirsky, who played professionally in the Frontier League (Cook County) and in the Chicago White Sox system, moved on last fall to become Head Coach of Robert Morris College-Chicago, where he was an assistant on last year's injury-plagued 6-38 team.
Bingo! Robert Morris-Chicago is 16-5 so far this season, including taking three of four in the Metrodome in Minneapolis and five of six during a trip to Alabama.
Kashirsky's team also has worked its way into the national NAIA rankings, a first for the school.
Oh, he is headed back to Windy City this summer in his previous role as bench coach, this time under Tommy Thompson.
It is a nice success story.