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Midwest League Managers

These gentlemen have managed teams in the Midwest League or its predecessors, the Illinois State and Mississippi-Ohio Valley Leagues. For those who've managed in the MWL since 1979, more information is available by following the link at their name.

The pages linked here contain information about the MWL manager's career, and clues about the decisions they make (or made) during games.


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A

  • Carl Ackerman (Kokomo, 1957*)
  • Julian Acosta (Decatur, 1952)
  • Oscar Acosta (Lansing, 1999)
  • Manny Acta (Quad City, 1997)
  • Glenn Adams (Waterloo, 1987)
  • James Adlam (Dubuque, 1960; Burlington, 1962)
  • Rick Albert (Burlington, 1988*)
  • Ruben Amaro (Rockford, 1997-98)
  • Jake Appleton (Wisconsin Rapids, 1965*)
  • John Armstrong (Dubuque, 1959*)

B

C

  • Sam Calderone (Quincy, 1960)
  • Frank Calo (Keokuk, 1958-59; Danville, 1970)
  • Nick Capra (Burlington, 1999)
  • Robert Carson (Mattoon, 1952*)
  • Frank Carswell (Decatur, 1958)
  • Jeff Carter (Quad City, 2001-03)
  • Gary Cathcart (Lansing, 2007)
  • Wayne Cato (Cedar Rapids, 1979; Clinton, 1980)
  • Keith Champion (Springfield, 1990; Waterloo, 1992)
  • Joe Christian (Wisconsin Rapids, 1964)
  • Robert Clark (Clinton, 1954-55)
  • Todd Claus (Cedar Rapids, 2002-03)
  • Bob Clear (Clinton, 1967-68)
  • Stan Cliburn (Quad City, 2000)
  • Bob Cluck (Dubuque, 1975-76)
  • Craig Colbert (Fort Wayne, 2000)
  • Rick Colbert (Springfield, 1992)
  • Jim Colborn (West Michigan, 1994-95)
  • Joe Coleman (Peoria, 1983)
  • Harold Contini (West Frankfort, 1948)
  • Jack Conway (Dubuque, 1954)
  • Alex Cosmidis (Appleton, 1967)
  • Chuck Cottier (Quad City, 1977)
  • Larry Cox (Quad City, 1983-84)
  • Frank Crespi (Mount Vernon, 1948)
  • Bobby Cuellar (Wausau, 1986-87)
  • Joe Cunningham (Madison, 1994; Peoria, 1997, 2003-04; Quad Cities, 2005)
  • Steve Curry (Burlington, 1992)

D

  • Doug Dascenzo (Fort Wayne, 2007-09)
  • Randy Davidson (Cedar Rapids, 1981-82)
  • Jody Davis (Peoria, 2006)
  • Ken Deal (Lafayette, 1957; Waterloo, 1958; Quincy, 1962)
  • Roly de Armas (South Bend, 1998)
  • James Deery (Mattoon, 1953)
  • Walt DeFreitas (Belleville, 1947; Paducah, 1950; Hannibal, 1952)
  • Mark DeJohn (Springfield, 1988)
  • Billy DeMars (Fox Cities, 1963-65)
  • Shan Deniston (Belleville, 1948*)
  • Joe DePastino (West Michigan, 2008-09)
  • Rob Derksen (Beloit, 1990-91)
  • Bobby Dews (Cedar Rapids, 1971)
  • Steve Dillard (South Bend, 1988; Quad City/Cities, 1993-94, 2008-09)
  • Walt Dixon (Kokomo, 1955*; Quincy, 1965-66, 1968-70, 1973)
  • Donald Domenichelli (Kokomo, 1961)
  • Rich Dubee (Rockford, 1991*)
  • Walter Dunkovich (Mattoon, 1952*)
  • Harry Dunlop (Quad Cities, 1965*, 1966)
  • J.C. Dunn (Hannibal, 1954)
  • Gene Dusan (Cedar Rapids, 1986*)
  • Jim Dwyer (Kenosha, 1992; Fort Wayne, 1993-94)
  • Duffy Dyer (Kenosha, 1984-85)

E

F

G

H

  • DeMarlo Hale (Michigan, 1995)
  • Mark Haley (South Bend, 2005-09)
  • Everett Hall (Danville, 1951*)
  • Joe Hall (Peoria, 2001)
  • R.J. Harrison (Wausau, 1982-83)
  • Mike Hart (Burlington, 1995)
  • Bob Hartsfield (Decatur, 1974; Cedar Rapids, 1975; Clinton, 1976)
  • Chuck Hawley (Centralia, 1947; Mattoon, 1948-50; Mount Vernon, 1951*; Vincennes/Canton, 1952*)
  • Bill Hayes (Peoria, 1991)
  • Von Hayes (South Bend, 2003)
  • Rollie Hemsley (Cedar Rapids, 1964; Waterloo, 1969)
  • Bob Herold (Lansing, 1997-98)
  • Gomer Hodge (Waterloo, 1981-84; Beloit, 1986-88)
  • Jim Horner (Wisconsin, 2006-07)
  • Otto Huber (Mount Vernon, 1947)
  • Jim Hughes (Burlington, 1968)
  • John Hutchings (Clinton, 1959)
  • Ira Hutchinson (Dubuque, 1955; Clinton, 1962, 1965; Appleton, 1970)

I

  • Jeff Isom (Wisconsin, 2009)
  • Mel Ivy (Marion, 1947-48; Vincennes, 1950*; Mattoon, 1951)

J

K

  • Edward Kearse (Paducah, 1949*)
  • Dave Keller (South Bend, 1996)
  • Pat Kelly (Rockford, 1991*)
  • Fred Kendall (South Bend, 1995)
  • Buddy Kerr (Michigan City, 1958-59; Quincy 1961)
  • Dub Kilgo (Beloit, 1995)
  • Wendell Kim (Clinton, 1981-82)
  • Bruce Kimm (Cedar Rapids, 1983)
  • Dick Kinaman (Clinton, 1961; Quad Cities, 1972-73)
  • Paul Kirsch (Cedar Rapids, 1986*, 1987)
  • Dick Klaus (Danville, 1954; Michigan City, 1957; Decatur, 1962-66)
  • Bobby Knoop (Quad Cities, 1975)
  • Fred Koenig (Quad Cities, 1967, 1968*, 1969)
  • Lew Krausse (Mattoon, 1957)
  • Wayne Krenchicki (Beloit, 1992-94)
  • Jack Krol (Cedar Rapids, 1967-68)
  • George Kromer (Vincennes, 1951*)
  • Al Kubski (Dubuque, 1959*)
  • Karl Kuehl (Clinton, 1969*)

L

M

N

  • Jim Napier (Appleton, 1976; Quad City, 1979-80)
  • Cotton Nash (Quad City, 1978)
  • Gerald Nemitz (Belleville, 1948*)
  • Addie Nesbit (Belleville, 1949*)
  • Jim Nettles (Madison, 1985-89)
  • Gus Niarhos (Burlington, 1965)
  • Aaron Nieckula (Kane County, 2006-08)
  • George Noga (Dubuque, 1956-57, Clinton, 1960*)
  • Tim Nordbrook (Beloit, 1983)
  • Joe Nossek (Danville, 1972)
  • Walter Novick (Dubuque, 1962-64)

O

  • Frank Oceak (Clinton, 1966)
  • Len Okrie (Lafayette, 1956; Waterloo, 1963; Clinton, 1974)
  • Don Osborn (Mattoon, 1954*)
  • Stubby Overmire (Decatur, 1959)

P

  • Jim Pankovits (Quad City, 1995-96)
  • Frank Parenti (Mattoon, 1947; Dubuque, 1958; Clinton, 1960*)
  • Salty Parker (Cedar Rapids, 1976)
  • Lance Parrish (Great Lakes, 2007)
  • Casey Parsons (Madison, 1990)
  • Carlos Pascual (Wisconsin Rapids, 1977*)
  • Claude Passeau (Centralia, 1948*)
  • Rick Patterson (South Bend, 1989-90)
  • Les Peden (Quincy, 1964*)
  • Al Pedrique (Michigan, 1999-2000)
  • Tony Perezchica (South Bend, 2004)
  • Carroll Peterson (Paducah, 1949*)
  • Rico Petrocelli (Appleton, 1986*)
  • Marty Pevey (Peoria, 2009)
  • Paul Pettit (Dubuque, 1968*)
  • Dave Philley (Waterloo, 1966)
  • Steve Phillips (Clinton, 2001; Kane County, 2002)
  • Frank Piet (Danville, 1951*)
  • Gaylen Pitts (Springfield, 1986-87)
  • Ron Plaza (Cedar Rapids, 1965-66)
  • Bill Plummer (Wausau, 1981)
  • Brian Poldberg (Appleton, 1988-89; Springfield, 1995; Lansing, 1996)
  • Terry Pollreisz (Wisconsin, 2008)
  • Chuck Popovich (Mount Vernon, 1951*; Mattoon, 1952*)
  • Tom Poquette (Appleton, 1992)
  • Leo Posada (Cedar Rapids, 1973-74)
  • Alonzo Powell (Dayton, 2004-05)
  • Nelson Prada (Beloit, 2008-09)
  • Von Price (Paris, 1950*; Springfield, 1950*)
  • Marty Purtell (Paris, 1956)

Q

  • Mike Quade (Rockford, 1989-90; West Michigan, 1996)

R

  • Dan Radison (Springfield, 1989)
  • Mike Ramsey (Springfield, 1991,1993; Clinton, 1996)
  • Jim Rantz (Wisconsin Rapids, 1977*)
  • Randy Ready (Fort Wayne, 2004-06)
  • Phil Regan (West Michigan, 2002-03)
  • Pete Reiser (Kokomo, 1956, 1957*)
  • Sal Rende (Appleton, 1984-85)
  • Rick Renteria (Kane County, 1999)
  • Richard Rigazio (Paris, 1955)
  • Joe Rigoli (Springfield, 1984)
  • Cal Ripken (Fox Cities, 1962)
  • Steve Roadcap (Peoria, 1992-94; Rockford, 1995-96; Wisconsin, 1999, 2004)
  • Red Robbins (Wisconsin Rapids, 1977*)
  • Robbie Robertson (Burlington, 1964)
  • Sheriff Robinson (Quincy, 1963*)
  • Tom Robson (Wausau, 1979)
  • Eddie Rodriguez (Quad City, 1987-89)
  • Dan Rohn (Fort Wayne, 1995-96)
  • Mike Rojas (Quad City, 1998; Rockford, 1999)
  • Ed Romero (Waterloo, 1993; Springfield, 1994; Clinton, 1995)
  • Al Ronning (Kokomo, 1960; Burlington, 1966-67)
  • Brian Rupp (Peoria, 1999; Burlington, 2008)
  • Mike Ryba (Cedar Rapids, 1963)

S

  • Stan Sadich (Mount Vernon, 1952*)
  • Tom Saffell (Appleton, 1969)
  • Luis Salazar (Beloit, 1996-97)
  • Ryne Sandberg (Peoria, 2007-08)
  • Jim Saul (Burlington, 1989-90)
  • Steve Scarsone (South Bend, 2001; Kane County, 2009)
  • Robert Schlemmer (Mount Vernon, 1950*)
  • Robert Schmidt (Mount Vernon, 1953)
  • Dick Schofield (South Bend, 2002)
  • Herman Schulte (Springfield, 1950*)
  • Dickie Scott (Madison, 1992; South Bend, 1997)
  • Donnie Scott (Dayton, 2001-03, 2007-08)
  • Marty Scott (Burlington, 1982)
  • Billy Scripture (Waterloo, 1973)
  • Matt Sczesny (Waterloo, 1960, 1961*, 1962, 1964)
  • Willard Sellergren (Centralia, 1948*)
  • Mitch Seoane (Quad City, 1991-92; Cedar Rapids 1993, 1999, 2000*; Battle Creek, 2003-04*)
  • Ed Serrano (Kokomo, 1958-59; Keokuk/Midwest [Dubuque], 1962)
  • Danny Sheaffer (Peoria, 2002)
  • Allan Shinn (Hannibal, 1955*; Michigan City, 1956)
  • Jeff Shireman (Peoria, 1998)
  • Bart Shirley (Danville, 1975)
  • Robert Shreve (Mount Vernon, 1949*)
  • Roy Sievers (Burlington, 1969-70)
  • Lee Sigman (Burlington, 1978)
  • Robert Signaigo (Vincennes, 1951*)
  • Roy Silver (Peoria, 1995-96)
  • Dan Simonds (Fort Wayne, 1999)
  • Duke Sims (Appleton, 1986*)
  • Robert Sisk ([Vincennes]/Canton, 1952*)
  • Sibby Sisti (Clinton, 1969*)
  • Earl Skaggs (Paris, 1950*)
  • Bill Slack (Waterloo, 1961*)
  • Rac Slider (Waterloo, 1967-68)
  • Andrew Smith (Vincennes, 1950*)
  • Bernie Smith (Danville, 1973)
  • Jeff Smith (Beloit, 2006-07)
  • Woody Smith (Waterloo, 1977-78)
  • Denny Sommers (Decatur, 1967-68)
  • Jay Sorg (Clinton, 2000)
  • Joe Sparks (Appleton, 1971)
  • Robert Stanton (West Frankfort, 1949-50)
  • Ken Staples (Wisconsin Rapids, 1981-82)
  • Charles Starasta (Centralia, 1952*)
  • Bill Stein (Clinton, 1992)
  • Scott Steinmann (Wisconsin, 2005, 2009)
  • Rick Stelmaszek (Wisconsin Rapids, 1978-80)
  • Burl Storie (Mattoon, 1955)
  • John Streza (Centralia, 1952*)
  • Mike Stubbins (Quad Cities, 1970-71)
  • Moose Stubing (Quad Cities, 1976)
  • Carlos Subero (Clinton, 2003-05)
  • John Sullivan (Waterloo, 1974-76)
  • Tom Sunkel (Paris, 1951-54)
  • Rick Sweet (Wausau, 1988)
  • Steve Swisher (Waterloo, 1985-86)
  • Joe Szekely (Burlington, 2001-03; Southwest Michigan, 2005)

T

  • Chuck Tanner (Quad Cities, 1963-64)
  • Alex Taveras (Beloit, 1989)
  • Ray Taylor (Decatur, 1953)
  • Garry Templeton (Cedar Rapids, 1998)
  • Jerry Terrell (Burlington, 2000)
  • Wayne Terwilliger (Wisconsin Rapids, 1963)
  • Bert Thiel (Appleton, 1972, 1973*; Dubuque, 1974)
  • Larry Thomas (Waterloo, 1965)
  • Tommy Thompson (South Bend, 1991)
  • Syd Thrift (Dubuque, 1959*)
  • Gary Thurman (Wisconsin, 2000-02)
  • Tim Tolman (Burlington, 1991)
  • Earl Torgeson (Clinton, 1970)
  • Carlos Tosca (Kane County, 1993)
  • Jim Tracy (Peoria, 1987-88)
  • William Trotter (Mount Vernon, 1949*)
  • Glenn Tufts (Burlington, 1996)

U

  • Thomas Umphlett (Wisconsin Rapids, 1968*)
  • Al Unser (Decatur, 1955-57; Keokuk, 1960-61)

V

  • Elmer Valo (Dubuque, 1965-66)
  • John Van Ornum (Decatur, 1973)
  • Gary Varsho (Wisconsin, 1997-98)
  • Tom Videtich (Wisconsin Rapids, 1969)

W

  • Matt Walbeck (West Michigan, 2004-06)
  • Verlon Walker (Paris, 1957-59)
  • Jay Ward (Wisconsin Rapids, 1972; Cedar Rapids, 1985)
  • Harry Warner (Wisconsin Rapids, 1976)
  • Stan Wasiak (Fox Cities, 1966, 1968*)
  • Phillip Wellman (Burlington, 1997-98)
  • Stan Wentzel (Clinton, 1956-57, 1958*)
  • Don Werner (Fort Wayne, 2001*)
  • Jimy Williams (Quad Cities, 1974)
  • Grady Wilson (Burlington, 1963)
  • Tracy Woodson (Fort Wayne, 2002)
  • Mark Wylie (Lafayette, 1955)

X

  • No Midwest League managers have had names beginning with "X".

Y

  • Elmer Yoter (Waterloo, 1959)
  • Mike Young (Wausau, 1990)
  • Joel Youngblood (Kane County, 1992)
  • Joe Yurkovich (Belleville, 1949*)

Z

  • Benedict Zientara (Mattoon, 1956)

*Managed for part of the season.


These Pages May Be Incomplete

Many of these pages are incomplete. In most cases, they're missing small pieces of information, but some have serious gaps. I work regularly at finding this information, but for most baseball "lifers" there's no single place which describes their complete career. I've learned, too, that some pages have outright errors despite my best efforts. Updates are often surprisingly time-consuming projects.


Why These Stats?

These are the categories in the readily-available statistics which are most directly under the control of a team's manager, particularly when he also coaches third: intentional walks (IBB), complete games (CG), stolen base attempts (SBA), stolen base percent (SB%), and sacrifice bunts (SH). Since some are based on the manager/coach's reactions to specific situations over the course of a season, the season-to-season similarities revealed for most managers tell something about how they think. Most managers are surprisingly consistent about these counter stats--even those who manage from the dugout. The "Management Style" portion of each manager's page is largely an analysis of these stats, though the the comments are often informed by other information sources.

But what do they mean?

  • Complete Games
    MWL Average:
    About 8 CG, in the 1990s; it was much higher, as you might expect, before that, and is around 2 now. The big drop was around 1980, but the trend has been downward since the 1962 season.
    Managers with high numbers tend to leave their pitchers in; those with low numbers tend to go to the bullpen when things get difficult. In this modern age, of course, this stat is heavily influenced by pitch limits. This is especially true in the low minor leagues.
  • Intentional Walks
    MWL Average:
    About 20 IBB.
    Managers with low numbers don't believe in walking anyone, while managers with high numbers often like to control everything.
  • Stolen Base Attempts
    MWL Average:
    About 220 SBA.
    Managers with counts over 300 like to see guys run, while managers with low counts don't let anyone run. Since stolen base totals often reflect snap decisions by baserunners and coaches who aren't necessarily the manager, these numbers show more seasonal variation than the other stats I follow. Nonetheless, even these counts display surprising consistencies for most managers as they move from classification to classification.
  • Stolen Base Percent
    MWL Average:
    About .67
    Managers who consistently post low scores by this measure are wasting baserunners. A manager who consistently gets high numbers is usually pretty conservative on the bases (but use total attempts as another clue).
  • Sacrifice Bunts
    MWL Average:
    About 40 SH.
    Some managers almost never call for bunts; others call for them quite regularly.

These are season averages, per Midwest League team. The averages are different in other leagues, but the tendencies are constant for most managers. You can look at these tendencies and make predictions about how each manager will react to particular game situations. That's why I like these numbers....

These are not perfect clues, of course; I'm just trying to find (and demonstrate) patterns....


The MWLguide.com Manager Pages owe a debt to Bill James; I've borrowed some of his ideas, but adapted them to the statistics I had available. Would I had the detailed scoresheet data available to major league analysts these days, but no such luck.


Sources Used

I commonly use these resources for building the manager pages:

  • Assorted Baseball Blue Books--perhaps the most valuable series of books in my collection for this project.
  • Miles Wolff & Lloyd Johnson, eds; Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2007 (much of this work was based on earlier editions).
  • Jerry Jackson; List of Minor League Manager Careers (while Jerry's definitions differ from mine, his research is invaluable).
  • Assorted Baseball America Almanacs and Directories.
  • Assorted Sporting News Guides and Registers.
  • Since TSN abandoned its Guides, I've been depending on the Emerald Guides.
  • The Sporting News Archive on Paper of Record (no longer available, and much missed).
  • Baseball America's The Baseball Draft. (I currently use the 2003 edition, but there are earlier versions of the book and I've also used those.)
  • Patric Doyle's Professional Baseball Players Database (and SABR's similar effort, based on the work of Ed Washuta).
  • An assortment of web sites, including MLB.com, MILB.com, Wikipedia, and Baseball Reference's BR Bullpen. My relationship with the last two could perhaps be described as incestuous; we borrow heavily from each other.

I supplement these with such resources as team yearbooks, baseball history books, questions on mailing lists (most of those lists are sponsored by SABR), and other reference sources. Jeff Yeo and David Malamut deserve a special thanks; both have supported this project far beyond the call of duty. Many others, including several of the managers profiled here, have made smaller contributions; in most cases these are noted on the specific managers' page.

No source is fully dependable. At their best, the annuals are snapshots as of unknown dates; at their worst, they're pretty frustrating. The other books, and the websites, have similar shortcomings, though from different causes.


Why are Some Numbers Missing?

The general answer is that they aren't in my library. In most cases the missing numbers were not published and may not have been collected. I work constantly at filling the gaps, and have had some success. But some of the missing numbers will never be located.



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