Fresh off the heels of winning the 2015 Carolina League title and the Mills Cup, a new man will be at the controls for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans in 2016.
Buddy Bailey will take over the club’s managerial role next season, switching jobs with former Pelicans manager Mark Johnson, the team announced via a prepared statement.
“(Bailey) is a baseball lifer, and has been with the (Chicago) Cubs organization a long time,” said Andy Milovich, general manager of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. “He understands what the club wants and should be a good asset for us.”
Joining his staff is pitching coach Anderson Tavarez, hitting coach Mariano Duncan, assistant Juan Cabreja, athletic trainer Toby Williams and strength coach Jason Morriss.
Bailey spent the past four seasons as manager of the Chicago Cubs’ Double-A affiliate in Tennessee, his teams winning more than 52 percent of their games. Prior to his time in Tennessee, he served as manager of the Daytona Tortugas, leading the club to a Florida State League Championship in 2011.
The upcoming baseball season will mark Bailey’s 28th as a manager, and 11th with the Cubs.
As for Johnson, his meteoric rise through the minor league managerial ranks continues, this after winning back-to-back titles with two different minor league affiliates.
Prior to leading Myrtle Beach to its first Carolina League title since 2000 in September, Johnson helped guide the former Class-A Kane County affiliate (now South Bend) to the Midwest League championship in 2014.
“(Johnson) is one of the top managerial prospects in the minor leagues,” Milovich said. “Winning consecutive league titles cements his reputation, and he certainly is worthy of praise.”
The former Pelicans manager was arrested Sept. 17 in North Myrtle Beach on charges related to driving under the influence and failing to stop for police, according to police reports. Milovich said the change of scenery for Johnsonwas strictly related to his performance on the job, which is critiqued regularly by Chicago Cubs executives.
“(The Pelicans baseball club) did not have a role in the decision to promote him,” Milovich said. “All moves of this type hinge upon decisions by those in the Cubs’ organization.”
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