Morgan Burkhart named new Field Manager
09/22/2011 8:58 AM
The Windy City ThunderBolts have announced that Morgan Burkhart will become the new field manager, taking over the club for the 2012 season.
comes to Windy City from the Calgary Vipers, where he
spent the last three seasons as manager.
In 2009, his
rookie season in that position, he
led the Vipers to a 49-27 record and a Golden League championship.
In two years in the Golden League
, Burkhart's Vipers went 102-62.
Calgary joined the North American Baseball League
in 2011 and continued their recent success, finishing 53-33 and qualifying for the playoffs.
Overall, in three seasons, Burkhart
has compiled a managerial record of 155-95 and his
teams have appeared in the postseason every year.
I n 2012, Burkhart
will be managing for the first time in the Frontier League
, where he
most impressive numbers as a player.
Between 1995 and 1998, he
hit .353 for the Richmond Roosters
was selected to the Postseason All-Star
Team in all four of his
Frontier League Seasons and won the league MVP award, which is now named for him, three times.
In 1998, he
won the Triple Crown, batting .404 with 36 home runs and 98 RBI, all league-records at the time.
When asked about his
return to the Frontier League
said, "I am looking forward to getting back into the league where I began.
I am excited about working in Windy City after talking with everyone this week.
They seem to strive to put a winning team on the field, which is my plan.
It will be nice throughout the summer to see some familiar faces and be back in the Midwest."
In 2000, Burkhart
became just the second former Frontier League player to appear in the Major Leagues
when the Boston Red Sox called him up.
Burkhart spent time with the Red Sox and the Kansas City Royals from 2000 - 2003.
Bill Lee, the Commissioner of the Frontier League, had this to say about the hiring of Morgan Burkhart in Windy City, "The ThunderBolts could not have hired a better person.
helped to build the Frontier League
into what it is today.
is the greatest player we ever had and I am elated to have him back in the League.
is a former 3-time MVP and our first position player to make the Major Leagues
Lee continued, "the league's MVP Award is named after Morgan Burkhart
takes over a ThunderBolt team that finished 48-48 in 2010.
The Bolts reached the playoffs every year between 2007 and 2010 and won Frontier League
titles in 2007 and 2008.
added to his
earlier statement, "I have always had interest in getting back in the league as it seems like it gets better each year.