The Toronto Blue Jays announced Monday that John Tamargo, Jr., will manage the Lansing Lugnuts again in 2013. He was named Midwest League Manager of the Year in 2012, his rookie season as a skipper.
The Lugnuts won a franchise-best 82 wins last season, and they won the first-half Eastern Division championship. The Lugnuts lost in the playoffs to the Fort Wayne TinCaps, who went on to lose to the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers in the Midwest League Championship Series.
Tamargo’s father (John Tamargo, Sr.) also managed in the Midwest League, leading the Clinton LumberKings to a 74-65 record in 2010. That was the last of 20 seasons he spent as a skipper, including when he managed the Houston Astros in 2002.
Neither Tamargo played in the Midwest League.
Last year’s hitting and pitching coaches also will return to the Lugnuts in 2013. It will be Kenny Graham’s second year as hitting coach and Vince Horsman’s third year as pitching coach for Lansing.
Happy birthday, Bruce Sutter!
Today is Baseball Hall-of-Famer Bruce Sutter’s 60th birthday. One of the top closers of his era, Sutter played his first professional baseball season in the Midwest League.
Sutter went 3-3 with a 4.13 ERA, 5 saves and 76 strikeouts in 85 IP for the 1973 Quincy Cubs. He is one of only six members of the Baseball Hall of Fame who played in the Midwest League.