Sarbaugh named Clippers manager
The Cleveland Indians have named Mike Sarbaugh as the Clippers manager for the 2010 season. He is the 20th manager in franchise history.
Sarbaugh, 42, spent the previous two seasons with Double-A Akron. In 2009, he guided the Aeros to an 89-53 finish and the Eastern League Championship. He was selected as Baseball America’s “Best Managerial Prospect” in the Eastern League. This will be his 21st consecutive season in the Indians organization as a player, coach or manager.
Sarbaugh began his managerial career in 2004 by winning the New-York Penn League Championship with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers. Mike moved up to serve as the skipper for Lake County in 2005 and then Kinston in 2006 and 2007 prior to his promotion to Akron in 2008. In addition to winning the championship with Mahoning Valley in 2004, he also won the Carolina League title with Kinston in 2006 and was selected as the Carolina League “Manager of the Year” in 2007. Sarbaugh carries a career managerial record of 455-321 (.586) over six seasons.
A resident of Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania, with his wife Nicole, their sons Michael and Matthew, and daughter Marin, Mike graduated from Lamar University with a degree in Kinesiology. He was an All-Conference shortstop at Lamar and played six seasons in the minor leagues, five in the Cleveland organization (1990-1994). Prior becoming a manager, Sarbaugh spent five seasons as a coach with the Kinston Indians and Columbus (Ga.) RedStixx (1995-99) and four seasons as an Akron Aeros coach (2000-03).
Mike Sarbaugh’s Career Managerial Record
Year Team (Classification; League) Record Notes
2009 Akron (Double-A; Eastern) 89-53 1st * won league championship
2008 Akron (Double-A; Eastern) 80-62 2nd * playoff appearance
2007 Kinston (Advanced-A; Carolina) 87-52 1st * playoff appearance
2006 Kinston (Advanced-A; Carolina) 85-54 1st * won league championship
2005 Lake County (Low-A; South Atlantic) 72-66 2nd
2004 Mahoning Valley (Short-A; NY/Penn) 42-34 1st * won league championship