SWB's Miley named IL Manager of the Year
The Yankees’ Triple-A affiliate could have had an extremely trying 2012, given that they spent the entire campaign away from home while PNC Field was being renovated. But, as of Tuesday morning, the Yankees had an 81-57 record and stood one win (or one Pawtucket loss) away from clinching the IL North Division crown.
"It is really difficult to adequately describe the job Dave Miley has done in the 2012 season," said New York Yankees Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations Mark Newman. "Dave has met the extraordinary challenge of leading a team playing 144 games on the road with extraordinary success. No one could be more deserving of this award."
Miley, who managed the Cincinnati Reds from 2003-05, took over as the manager of the then-Columbus Clippers in 2006 and moved with the team to Scranton in 2007. That year, he won his first IL Manager of the Year Award while leading the SWB Yankees to their first of four straight North Division crowns. He is on now the verge of his fifth in six seasons, and hopes to lead the Yankees to their first IL Title since 2008.
"What Dave has done with his team would be impressive in a normal situation," said SWB Yankees President and General Manager Rob Crain. "With the challenges he and his staff encountered this year, his efforts have been nothing short of remarkable."
Miley also reached two other milestones this season, as the Yankees’ April 13 win over Buffalo was his 1,600th overall Minor League win and their victory over Durham on May 12 was his 500th as Yankees skipper. In 21 total Minor League seasons, he has compiled a 1,678-1,271 record as of Tuesday – with 563 of those wins coming for the Yankees organization – and 2012 is his 19th winning season out of 21.
"It has always been about the coaches and players surrounding me," said Miley. "Just like it has been every year, once again this season, the Yankees have given me great coaches to work with and great players to manage."
Miley’s Manager of the Year nod is the SWB Yankees staff’s second IL award earned this season; last Sunday, trainer Darren London, who is in his 24th season with the organization, was named 2012 IL Trainer of the Year.
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