As of late, the Wilmington Blue Rocks have seen their share of managers, but they had some really good ones early on. A few even lasted more than one season.
Below are your manager choices for the Blue Rocks 25th Anniversary team. You can chose one and remember to vote in the comments section:
- Ron Johnson (1993): The first manager in current Blue Rocks history, Johnson guided the team to the Carolina League Finals (they lost). They had a 74-65 overall record.
- Mike Jirschele (1994): The current KC Royals third base coach guided the Blue Rocks to their first ever Carolina League title. They had a 94-44 overall record, with the 94 wins still being the most in the team’s history (and the only time the team has reached the 90-win mark). Jirschele garnered both Carolina League Manager of the Year and Minor League Manager of the Year honors.
- John Mizerock (1995-1997, 2007): Across his four seasons as Blue Rocks manager, he carried a 300-255 record. In 1995, the Blue Rocks were 83-55 and lost in the Carolina League Finals. Mizerock took home Carolina League Manager of the Year honors. In 1996, the Blue Rocks won their second title (80-60). Mizerock was named Minor League Manager of the Year.
In 1997, the Blue Rocks finished with just a 62-78 record, missing out on the postseason for the first time. It was also the most losses in a season until it was tied in 2015 and overcome in 2016 (54-84).
After the Blue Rocks spent two seasons affiliated with the Boston Red Sox, Mizerock returned to manage the team in 2007 (75-62). They lost in the Division Series.
- Jeff Garber (1999-2002): Across four seasons as Blue Rocks manager, he was 307-250. In 1999, the Blue Rocks won their fourth title, though they shared it with Myrtle Beach (due to the hurricane canceling the rest of the tied series). It was the Blue Rocks last title. They went 77-61 overall. In 2000, the Blue Rocks had one of their worst seasons, going 63-76.
In 2001, the Blue Rocks went 78-63, losing in the Carolina League Finals. The following season, the Blue Rocks went 89-51, but lost in the Division Series. Garber was named Carolina League Manager of the Year. Since 2002, the Blue Rocks have reached the 80-win plateau just two more times (none since 2009).
*Today is your final day to vote for the Blue Rocks 25th Anniversary team. You have until midnight to vote for every position (remember to vote in the comments section).