Mitchell Out As RailRiders Manager For 2019
Bobby Mitchell is out as Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders manager.
After one season with the team, and three seasons in the Yankees organization, Mitchell said he was told the club would not be renewing his contract.
“I was surprised, to be honest with you. I was surprised,” Mitchell said when reached by phone Monday night. “But it’s their prerogative. Enjoyed the time that I had there with the organization. It’s a very talented organization, obviously. I’ll miss the players the most, along with the staff members I worked with. It’s a little disappointing.”
The RailRiders went 73-65 in 2018, their fewest wins since 2014. They still won the International League wild card and reached the Governors’ Cup championship series for the third straight season, but lost to Durham for the second straight year.
Mitchell said he was told not long after the season ended he would not be back.
“When it’s a surprise, like it was, it’s kind of a kick in the stomach initially,” he said. “I haven’t been through it a lot, because I’ve left other organizations voluntarily. … I started calling people right away and tried to contact people right away and see what could come up and just go from there. If it works out, it works out. If not, you just move on to other things.”
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