The 2016 season will be my sixth season covering the High-A Wilmington Blue Rocks. Has it really been that long?
In those six seasons, the Blue Rocks have had five different managers. Only Vance Wilson was there for back-to-back seasons (2012-2013).
The KC Royals announced that former Royal Jamie Quirk will be the new manager when the 2016 season begins on April 7th at Frawley Stadium. This will be Quirk’s first season managing in the Royals farm system (he did serve as the Royals bullpen coach from 1994-1995 and bench coach from 1996-2001).
Last season, Quirk managed Triple-A El Paso (SD Padres), though he started the season managing Double-A San Antonio. In 2014, he managed High-A Lake Elsinore. That was his first year coaching in the minors.
Quirk was a first round pick of the Royals back in 1972 and was a career .240 hitter while playing with the Royals in three different stints (1975-1976, 1978-1982, and 1985-1988). Obviously, he was a member of the 1985 World Series champion team.
So where has last year’s manager, Brian Buchanan, gone? The Royals will release the rest of their minor league coaching staffs at a later date.