MARIETTA, Ga. -- The Southern League of Professional Baseball Clubs is pleased to announce that Mobile BayBears manager Andy Green has been named its Manager of the Year as voted upon by the league's field managers, radio broadcasters and print media.
In his first year managing the BayBears, Green led the team to the Southern League South Division title in both halves of the season. The BayBears have been extremely successful this season with an impressive overall record of 79-60, which is a winning percentage of .568, just ahead of Tennessee's .551. Mobile is the league's defending champion, and Green could potentially manage the team to its third championship season in a row.
Green was given a talented team this year, including Southern League Most Outstanding Pitcher and All-Star starting pitcher Archie Bradley (12-5) as well as eight others who were selected for the league's mid-season All-Star Game. Outfielder Justin Greene leads the league with a .308 batting average and is tied for second in the league with nine triples. Ender Inciarte, also an outfielder, leads the league with 43 stolen bases and is third in the league with 131 hits. Third baseman Nick Evans' 81 RBIs place him third in the league. Green has been able to lead his team to consistently and cohesively win throughout the entire season, not resting on his laurels after clinching the South Division in the first half. The weather was challenging this year throughout the Southern League and Mobile definitely had its share of cancelled and postponed games. With Green's strong leadership skills and ability to let the individual talents of his team shine through, he proved that a little mud and rain are no obstacle for a squad as talented as the 2013 Mobile BayBears.
A Lexington, Ky., native, Green is the 11th manager in the history of the BayBears. He is the third BayBears manager to win Manager of the Year after Turner Ward in 2011 and Mike Ramsey in 1998. He led the 2012 Missoula Osprey to a 41-35 record.
Green played three seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks at second base, third base, shortstop and left field. He was drafted by Arizona in the 24th round of the 2000 Amateur Draft after a record-breaking run at the University of Kentucky. In the Minors, he hit over .300 in most of his seasons with the Diamondbacks.