Former Cedar Rapids Reds manager Marc Bombard is among three men elected to the International League Hall of Fame this year, the IL announced today.
Bombard was elected on the basis of his 10 years managing in the International League — eight for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons (now known as the RailRiders) and two for the Charlotte Knights. From the International League Hall of Fame press release:
Marc Bombard piloted the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons to four consecutive playoff appearances from 1999-2002, a run which concluded with a franchise-record 91 wins and honors as the IL Manager of the Year and the Sports Weekly Minor League Manager of the Year. He won 700 games in the IL, including a record of 574 wins with the SWB franchise that stood until being surpassed by Dave Miley in 2014. Bombard was also the International League All-Star Team manager in both 2000 and 2003. He is the last IL manager to lead a team to 90 wins in a single season.
Altogether, Bombard managed 26 seasons in the minor leagues, most recently in 2010. He managed Cedar Rapids to an 87-53 record and the Midwest League championship title in 1988. He was named the MWL manager of the year.
Bombard managed seven future major-leaguers on that team: first baseman Reggie Jefferson, shortstop Freddie Benavides, catcher Tony DeFrancesco, starting pitchers Butch Henry, Scott Scudder and Rosario Rodriguez, and relief pitcher Milt Hill. Second baseman Ramon Sambo, who topped out at Triple-A, stole 98 bases in 139 games.