Stan Cliburn reaches managerial milestone with win over Sugar Land Skeeters
WALDORF, MD – Southern Maryland Blue Crabs Manager Stan Cliburn has notched his 1,500th career managerial win with tonight’s 3-2, one-hit victory over the Sugar Land Skeeters.
After managerial stints with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Texas Rangers organizations, the Jackson, Miss. native found himself at the helm of Quad City River Bandits, a Minnesota Twins affiliate, in 2000. Cliburn would remain with the Twins organization until 2009 before he joined the Sioux City Explorers of the American Association. Most recently, after the departure of the incumbent manager, Lance Burkhart, prior to the 2015 season, Cliburn was signed by the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs for the start of his 27th year of coaching.
As the 10th team that Cliburn has managed, the Blue Crabs have found themselves in the driver’s seat of the Freedom Division with a 23-15 record after finishing in last place in the division in 2014.
Perhaps due to Cliburn’s experience as a catcher, the Blue Crabs pitching staff has experienced a renaissance of sorts after recording a team ERA of 3.98 in 2014. Blue Crabs pitchers have shaved nearly one full run off of that number in 2015, and the staff has already recorded more complete games in two months than the team did in all of last season.
To this point in his career, Cliburn has managed a total of 188 past and current Major Leaguers, 18 of whom have made 25 combined appearances at a Major League Baseball All-Star Game. The most notable players that he has coached throughout his time as a manager include MVPs like Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau, plus noteworthy players such as David Ortiz, Michael Cuddyer, and Denard Span.
“Being able to record my 1,500th win in a Blue Crabs uniform is definitely special for me,” said Cliburn. “I’ve worked with countless young talents throughout my career, and I never get tired of helping these young men strive for their goals and dreams. The game of baseball has been an absolute blessing in my life, and I’m proud to say that I have reached a new milestone in my career. Regardless, I can’t wait to see what the rest of the year holds for this team – I’d certainly like to add to that win column come September.”
“When you look at the amount of wins that Stan has had to this point in his career, it really is remarkable,” said Blue Crabs General Manager Patrick Day. “For context, even if he went undefeated in 10-straight years of managing minor league baseball, he still wouldn’t have accomplished the same feat. That’s unbelievable.”