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Simunic Named N.L. Manager of the Year

The Northern League announced that Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks Manager Doug Simunic was named Northern League Manager of the Year as voted on by the league’s managers, pitching coaches, general managers, radio announcers, and local media (2).

Simunic, who led the RedHawks to a league-best 62-34 (.646) record in 2008, is taking home the N.L. Manager of the Year honors for the sixth time in his career. He is the all-time winningest manager in Northern League history posting an impressive 865-543 (.614) managerial record with three different NL franchises (Rochester Aces/1993, Winnipeg Goldeyes/1994-95, Fargo-Moorhead/1996-present). With the RedHawks, he has averaged 57 wins per season and has qualified his clubs for the post-season in 12 of 13 years.

Simunic has won four Northern League Titles, three with the RedHawks (1998, 2003 and 2006). Under Simunic’s helm, the RedHawks have now posted the league’s best record seven times (1996, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2008). He earned his 800th Northern League victory in 2007 and has now recorded 16 winning season in 16 years as a Northern League manager. He has only missed making the playoffs in one season (2002).

In 2003, Simunic was a Team USA coach at the World Cup of Baseball in Havana, Cuba. That team of independent league players finished in fifth place.  He has also served as a coach for USA Baseball in 2000, 2002 & 2005.

Northern League Managers of the Year

Year     Manager                     Team
2008    Doug Simunic              Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks
2007    Greg Tagert                 Gary SouthShore RailCats
2006    Doug Simunic              Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks
2005    Doug Simunic              Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks
2004    Andy McCauley           Schaumburg Flyers
2003    Doug Simunic              Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks
2002    Joe Calfapietra             Gary SouthShore RailCats
2001    Doc Edwards               Sioux Falls Canaries
2000    Benny Castillo             Duluth-Superior Dukes
1999    Ed Nottle                     Sioux City Explorers
1998    Doug Simunic              Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks
1997    George Mitterwald        Duluth-Superiors Dukes
1996    Doug Simunic              Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks
1995    Ed Nottle                     Sioux City Explorers
1994    Ed Nottle                     Sioux City Explorers


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