Nearly a decade after taking the managerial helm for the New York Yankees Triple-A affiliates, the New York Post reported on Monday that Dave Miley will not return to the Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders for the 2016 season.
The winningest manager in club history with 714 cumulative victories, Miley joined the Yankees organization in 2006 as manager of the Columbus Clippers during their final season as a club affiliate after a two-year stint with the Cincinnati Reds in a similar capacity.
During his tenure with Scranton Wilkes-Barre, Miley developed and cultivated future Yankees stalwarts Brett Gardner, Phil Hughes, Gregory Bird and Luis Severino, preparing them for eventual big league promise. Miley exceeded at least 80 wins in five of his ten seasons in the manager’s office, winning two Manager of the Year awards in the International League and led the franchise to their first Governor’s Cup in 2008. In addition, the RailRiders captured four consecutive division titles from 2007-2010 and made its most recent playoff appearance in 2015, falling to the Indianapolis Indians in a three game first round sweep.
Miley is one of most celebrated managers in professional baseball, currently standing one win short of becoming the 18th skipper in minor league history to amass 1,900 career victories over the course of an illustrious 25 year managerial career, (TimesLeader.com).
Perhaps Miley’s most challenging season occurred in 2012 when Scranton Wilkes-Barre spent the entire campaign as a barnstorming franchise, playing its entire schedule away from home while PNC Field was undergoing a sizable facelift in time for the following season. The RailRiders finished with an 84-60 record during the unorthodox season, as Miley earned Manager of the Year accolades from Baseball America.
Under Vice President of Player Development Gary Denbo, the Yankees minor league system is currently experiencing its own makeover as it prepares to transition into a new frontier for player development. With Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Eric Ruth, and Brady Lail on the cusp of reaching the Bronx at some point of the 2016 season, the Yankees are seeking a fresh voice to prepare its next wave of homegrown prospects for the new challenges ahead and forge a new path towards success.