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T-Bones Lock Up Championship Manager

Credit John Ellis
12/20/2018 2:23 PM -

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – The Kansas City T-Bones announced today that 2018 American Association Manger of the Year Joe Calfapietra and the club have agreed on a multi-year extension through the 2020 season. As per club policy, terms were not disclosed.

Joe Calfapietra (pronounced Cal-fa-pee-eh-tra), has led the T-Bones to back-to-back 57-win seasons in 2017 and in 2018, and he guided Kansas City this past season to the franchise’s third league title in the team’s history and first as a member of the American Association.  The T-Bones won a franchise record 62 games in 2018 and went 6-3 in the post season to claim the league crown. The T-Bones also tied a franchise record nine game winning streak from June 18th to 28th and reached a club record 26 games above .500 on September 1st.  The Pennsylvania native has guided the franchise to two of the four seasons above .500 since the team moved to Kansas City in 2002 from Duluth, Minnesota.

“I am very appreciative to John and Adam Ehlert along with Chris Browne to have the confidence in me to run their baseball operations for the next two years. My family and I love the T-Bones organization, fans and surrounding area. We consider this our second home,” said Joe Calfapietra.

In Calfapietra’s first season at the helm of KC in 2017, the club finished in a three-way tie for the Wild Card playoff spot but would not advance to the playoffs because of a tie breaker. Calfapietra guided Kansas City to the second-best overall record in the club’s history (57-43), turning over the 2017 roster with only one hold over from the 2016 and helping the club reach a then franchise high of 84 days above .500 out of a 109-day season.  Despite a 1-5 start to begin the season, his 2017 club reached .500 at 7-7 at Sioux Falls on June 2nd and stayed at or above for 93 days, 83 in a row. With the win on August 26th, 2017 at Gary, Calfapietra won his 900th career game. He hit the 50-win mark for the seventh straight season on August 23rd at home against Cleburne.

"We are proud that Joe Calfapietra returns as our league-champion manager.  In two short years, he built a powerhouse team.  Joe is a gentleman who managed his team well through the final winning out this past September, and he out worked everyone else in order to get us to that Championship series.  Additionally, it's a testament to T-Bones fans that Joe enjoys his time in KC so much,” added Adam Ehlert President of the T-Bones.

Calfapietra was named the T-Bones sixth manager in the club’s history on November 30, 2016, after a successful 14-year run with the New Jersey Jackals in the Can Am League. In 18 seasons in the independent league dugout, he has compiled a 967-820 record. Calfapietra currently boasts 964 wins in his career going into the 2019 season. With 36 more wins, he is set to join St. Paul Manager George Tsamis, former Fargo boss Doug Simunic, current Gary Manager Greg Tagert and second-year Chicago Dogs Manager Butch Hobson in the 1,000-win club in indy ball.

Calfapietra has instilled a philosophy of building his teams through helping his players seek positions back in affiliated baseball. In 2018, Calfapietra led the club to the league title despite a regular season where Kansas City had 8 players’ contracts sold to affiliated clubs and another pair of players signed with AAA Mexico, all en route to winning the American Association Championship. During 2018, the T-Bones promoted a total of 14 players, adding to the four players sold to affiliated ball in 2017. Calfapietra’s efforts have been historic in KCK as he is the first manager in franchise history to guide the club to records above .500 for two seasons, and he became the first to guide the club at or above .500 in back-to-back years. 

“We’re thrilled to have Joe as our manager.  He’s an excellent leader, and we share his passion and respect for the game. I am looking forward to seeing #44 in the T-Bones dugout for years to come!  I can’t wait for Joe to hoist the Miles Wolff Trophy and celebrate the championship again on Opening Day and all season long with our fans,” said T-Bones Vice President and General Manager Chris Browne.

Calfapietra was named American Association Manager of the Year this past season with the T-Bones, his fifth time in his career to earn the honor. Calfapietra was the first manager of the Gary SouthShore RailCats in 2002, going 35-55, a feat that may seem not too monumental at first glance, but considering the team played their entire schedule on the road because of construction delays with their home ballpark, the numbers are impressive. For his efforts, he was named Manager of the Year. He was also awarded the honor in the Can Am League in 2004, 2009 and 2012.


Joe Calfapietra’s Managerial Career


2000       —           Allentown             42           43           .494        No Postseason

2001       —           Allentown             43           47           .478        Postseason

2002       —           Gary                      35           55           .389        No Postseason

2003       —           New Jersey            52           37           .584        Postseason

2004       —           New Jersey            54           39           .581        League Champions

2005       —           New Jersey            48           44           .522        No Postseason

2006       —           New Jersey            43           48           .473        No Postseason

2007       —           New Jersey            49           44           .527        Postseason

2008       —           New Jersey            43           51           .457        No Postseason

2009       —           New Jersey            55           39           .585        No Postseason

2010       —           New Jersey            42           50           .457        Postseason

2011       —           New Jersey            57           36           .613        Lost League Finals

2012       —           New Jersey            59           41           .590        Lost League Finals

2013       —           New Jersey            55           44           .556        Lost League Finals

2014       —           New Jersey            55           41           .573        Lost League Finals

2015       —           New Jersey            54           43           .557        Lost League Finals

2016       —           New Jersey            62           38           .620        Postseason

2017       —           Kansas City           57           43           .570        No Postseason lost tie breaker

2018       —           Kansas City           62           37           .626        League Champions

Overall —             19 seasons             967         820         .541


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