TAMPA, Fla. – From the new team name and stadium to several different players playing in Northeastern Pennsylvania for the first time, everyone by now knows all about all the changes around the Triple-A baseball team this season.
Heck, with nearly 600 days since the last time a professional baseball team walked off the diamond in Moosic, it would be hard for many things to remain the same.
But there has been one mainstay for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. And it’s a good one in manager Dave Miley.
Miley, 50, has been in the Yankees organization since 2006 when he started managing the Triple-A club still stationed in Columbus at the time. That’s when he started a reign of success that has continued through even the toughest of times.
Last year, he led the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees to the playoffs with a record of 84-60 despite not playing a single game in Moosic and dozens of roster moves throughout the season. In fact the team played 142 games at 13 different ballparks and home games were played at seven different venues. That didn’t seem to hamper his style as he picked up his second International League Manager of the Year Award in a six-year span. He also earned the Baseball America Minor League Manager of the Year award.
He’s been nothing but a terrific success for New York’s top affiliate piling up a 563-430 record in seven seasons and five playoff appearances, including four consecutive I.L. North Division championships and a Governors’ Cup title in 2008.
He also reached a pair of milestones last season winning his 500th game as manager of the Yankees Triple-A affiliate.
A minor league manager for 21 seasons, Miley has piled up nearly 1,681 career wins. Those wins are made up of 19 years with a winning record. When you add in a stint in the majors in parts of three seasons with Cincinnati, he has more than 1,800 wins.
Above all, he’s the type of manager players love to be around.
“He lets you go about your business but he expects 110 percent every time you go on the field and he’ll let you know if you’re not,” RailRiders catcher Austin Romine said. “He’s a real hard-nosed guy. He jokes around. He keeps it loose and fun but the same time he lets you know when it’s game time and ready to strap it on. I like to play for guys like that. He loves this game and he wants you guys to love it and respect it when you get out on the field.”
Miley started his managerial career in the Reds organization and led Louisville to the Governors’ Cup league title in 2001, coincidentally defeating Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in the series that was shortened to one game after the drastic events on September 11, 2001 occurred.