Duffy Dyer Set to Return for 5th Consecutive Season!
Kenosha, Wis. – Major League Baseball veteran Duffy Dyer will return for his 5th season as Field Manager of the Kenosha Kingfish in 2018. Dyer, the only manager in Kingfish history, has a career regular season record of 151- 136 with the club.
“The summer at Simmons Field is so beautiful and the city of Kenosha is so welcoming that returning for another season was the easiest decision in the world,” said Dyer. “The city supports the team so well. The sell-out crowds and atmosphere of the ballpark make our guys excited to take the field every night. I’m looking forward to getting back to town this season to work with the players as we take on the tough competition in the Northwoods League.”
Dyer is in his second stint as manager of a Kenosha team. He led the Kingfish to the 2015 Northwoods League Championship. However, that championship was not the first he brought to the city. In 1985 he led the Kenosha Twins to the Midwest League Championship. This gives him the unique distinction of managing a team to a championship with a professional team and a collegiate summer league team in the same city. In 1986, he followed his Midwest League title with a Texas League Championship as skipper of the El Paso Diablos.
Dyer, the 1985 Midwest League and 2015 Northwoods League Manager of the Year, has extensive experience as both a player and coach. He was a member of 1965 College World Series Champion Arizona State Sun Devils. He played for the Valentine (Neb.) Hearts in the Basin League, then a top summer collegiate league and was drafted by the Milwaukee Braves in 1965 although he did not sign with the team. He was drafted again the next season, this time by the New York Mets.
He quickly moved through the minor leagues on his way to eventually being a member of the New York Miracle Mets World Series Championship team in 1969. He also played for the Pittsburg Pirates, Montreal Expos and Detroit Tigers. In 1976 with the Pirates, he caught a no-hitter thrown by John Candelaria.
After his playing career, Dyer spent time as a Major League coach with the Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee Brewers and Oakland A’s. He managed the Brewers for 3 games during the 1993 season as Phil Garner served a suspension. Most recently, before taking over the Kingfish, he was catching coordinator for the San Diego Padres.
“The Kingfish organization is beyond excited to have Duffy Dyer return for the 2018 season. Having a manager of his stature in our league helps make players want to play in Kenosha. His experience is an invaluable asset both in the dugout and in the clubhouse. We know Duffy will do the best possible job managing the team on the field this year.” said Kingfish General Manager Scott Preimesberger.
Duffy Dyer’s son, Brian Dyer, will also return for the 2018 season as hitting coach. Both reside in Phoenix, AZ.
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The Kenosha Kingfish are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Entering its 25th anniversary season, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 20 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, more than 185 former Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist (CHC) and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET) and Curtis Granderson (TOR). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit www.KingfishBaseball.com or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Kingfish as your favorite team.