Donnie Scott – Field Manager – 2013-Present
The Madison Mallards have announced that Field Manager Donnie Scott will return in 2021. Scott has been a staple to the success in Madison, cultivating a winning culture and encouraging players to continue on in their Major League careers. The 2019 MLB NL Rookie of the Year, Pete Alonso, credits a lot of his development to working under Donnie Scott during his summer in Madison in 2014.
Scott, who most recently led the Mallards to the playoffs in 2016, 2018, and 2019, has a career record of 198-154 in Madison.
Scott has a very impressive resume in the Northwoods League, winning two Summer Collegiate World Series Championships, his most recent in 2013 with the Mallards. He won his first championship in 2011 with the Battle Creek Bombers, where he was also named NWL Manager of the Year.
Scott was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the second round of the 1979 amateur draft. He made his MLB debut with the Texas Rangers on September 30, 1983. He spent time in the major leagues as a back up and part time catcher for the Texas Rangers, Seattle Mariners and Cincinnati Reds until he ended his MLB career in 1991.
After concluding his MLB playing career, Scott went on to manage the Rookie level Billings Mustangs (Montana) of the Pioneer League. Scott led the Mustangs to four league championships.
He returned to managing the Gulf Coast (Rookie) Reds after spending three seasons as Field Coordinator. He went on to have two tenures with Class A Dayton Dragons (Ohio), where he led the Dragons to the playoffs four out of five seasons.
Scott was named Manager of the Year in the Pioneer League in 1992 and Minor League Manager of the Year by Baseball Weekly in 1994. Scott has also managed two Midwest League All-Star games and has a career record of 689-569 (.548) in the minor leagues. In 2018, Scott was named the Northwoods Manager of the Year after leading the Mallards to the playoffs once again.
Scott, resides with his wife Debbie in Pinellas Park, Florida and has two children, son David and daughter Dana. In the off-season he works at NextUp Baseball Academy.
|Ryne Stanley – 2021-Present
Ryne Stanley will join the Madison Mallards as a coach in 2021. The former Mallard played catcher for their 2019 squad; notching 24 hits and 9 RBIs and scoring 20 runs, one of those runs coming in a 4-2 playoff victory against Wisconsin Rapids. When asked about his return, Stanley said, “Returning to Madison this summer is a great opportunity. I couldn’t tell you what this means to me. I can’t wait to get the guys going and go win a championship!” He is currently a redshirt senior at North Carolina A&T State.
Leon Davidson – 2021-Present
The Mallards have announced that Leon Davidson will return to the Mallards as a coach for the pitching staff in 2021. As a player in 2019, he logged 41.2 innings pitched in 26 games, limiting hitters to just a 1.94 ERA and striking out 43, good for third-most on the team. “Donnie [Scott] reached out and offered me the position the previous summer but COVID stopped that from happening,” the right-hander said. “I loved the city and the Mallards as a player so it was a no-brainer to come back to coach!” Davidson is in his senior season at North Carolina A&T State.