Ex-Bees skipper gets 1,000th win as MiLB manager

Longtime minor-league manager Phillip Wellman notched his 1,000th regular-season win Thursday when the San Antonio Missions beat the Northwest Arkansas Naturals 5-4 in 14 innings.

This is Wellman’s 18th season as a minor-league manager, in a baseball career that included stints in the Midwest League as a player, a coach and a skipper.

Wellman managed the Burlington Bees in 1997 and 1998, leading the team to a 72-68 record and the Midwest League playoffs the first year, and a 63-77 record the second year. The Bees were affiliated with the Cincinnati Reds both years.

Wellman was the hitting coach of the Burlington Braves in 1990. That team finished 78-59 under manager Jim Saul. The team collectively batted .249 that year, with DH/SS/3B Brent McCoy leading hitters with a .304 average in 125 games.

Wellman played in the Midwest League four years earlier, batting .288 with 3 HR and 18 RBI in 45 games with the 1986 Kenosha Twins. That team struggled mightily, posting a 46-92 record over the course of the season. Kenosha was managed by Don Leppert, who was replaced by future Minnesota Twins skipper Ron Gardenhire two years later.

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