This one had to be an easy choice for voters in the International League. Despite playing all of their games on the road this season, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees are one win away from a division title, and for that, manager Dave Miley has been named the league’s Manager of the Year for the second time in six years. None of the Yankees Triple-A players were named to the International League postseason all-star team. Here’s the announcement from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees Manager Dave Miley has been named the 2012 International League Manager of the year. The award is voted upon by International League’s managers, coaches, media and club representatives. This is the second time that Miley has received “Manager of the Year” honors having previously won the award in 2007, his first season with the SWB Yankees.
Despite having to play its entire season without a true home stadium while PNC Field in Moosic, Pennsylvania undergoes a $43.3 million reconstruction project, the Yankees have posted the second best record in the International League at 81-47 and are 12 games over .500 both in “home” games (40-28) and road games (41-29).
“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 previously won the award after the 2007 season, the first of four consecutive North Division titles for the Yankees. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre is poised to win its fifth division title in six years as a Yankees affiliate with a “magic number” of one with six games left in the regular season.
“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 picked up the 1,600th win of his minor league managerial career with a win over the Buffalo Bisons on April 13th and won his 500th game as the Yankees Triple-A Manager on May 12th with a win over the Durham Bulls. In 21 seasons as a minor league manager he has compiled a 1,678 – 1,271 record. He has been the only manager in SWB Yankees history and is seven seasons as the manager of the Yankees top affiliate he is 563-430. Including 2012, Miley has posted a winning record in 19 of his 21 seasons on the bench.
“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.”
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre as a franchise is now third all-time in the International League with five managers of the year in its 24 year history. Miley leads the SWB skippers with two and is joined by Lee Elia (1992), Marc Bombard (2002) and John Russell (2006) as the other Scranton/Wilkes-Barre managers to take top honors.
Associated Press photo of Miley, Chris Dickerson and trainer Darren London (who was named the IL Trainer of the Year)