10/07/2009 9:49 AM -
The Kansas City T-Bones have promoted hitting coach Tim Doherty to manager for the 2010 season.
Doherty, 43, replaces Andy McCauley, who resigned after three seasons at the helm. In his tenure, McCauley compiled a 136-152 (.472) record while earning two playoff berths in that span, including a Northern League Championship in 2008, the first in franchise history.
“We’re excited to have an original T-Bone leading the T-Bones on the field,” said owner John Ehlert.
Doherty has been with Kansas City since their inaugural 2003 season, starting as the team’s bullpen coach and bench coach before taking over as hitting coach following the departure of Darryl Motley. He originally began his coaching career with Oral Roberts University in 1989 before moving to Seminole JC (OK) from 1990-1992. While with Seminole, Doherty coached major leaguers Kelly Stinnett and Shane Halter.
A product of Lee’s Summit High School, Doherty played collegiately for Kansas City Kansas Community College and ORU. He is the owner and head instructor of Hardball Instructional Baseball Facility in St. Joseph, Mo. Since he founded it in 1997, over 1,000 athletes have studied at the facility.
“I am extremely excited and honored to be the next Kansas City T-Bones manager,” said Doherty. “I appreciate the faith that John Ehlert, Adam Ehlert and Chris Browne have shown in me by giving me the opportunity to lead these players. The atmosphere our fans bring to CommunityAmerica Ballpark is the best in the league and they deserve an electric, fast-paced brand of baseball. Managing professional baseball has always been a dream and goal of mine and I will do all I can to make the community proud of their Kansas City T-Bones.”
Doherty is just the third manager for Kansas City, following McCauley and “Dirty” Al Gallagher (2002-2006).
Full and half season tickets for the 2010 season are on sale now by calling 913-328-5618. For more information, and to stay informed when additional packages and offers are announced, visit www.tbonesbaseball.com