In the return of professional baseball to the Valley with the newly formed Sonoma Stompers Baseball Club, a crucial decision on who should be the manager was made and the independent, minor league franchise got just the person it wanted.
On Wednesday, the Sonoma Stompers’ General Manager Theo Fightmaster formally introduced Casey Dill as the team’s field manager for its inaugural season.
“Casey is a proven game manager and has a keen eye for talent,” Fightmaster said. “We’re fortunate to have Casey as a part of our organization, and I think the baseball fans in Sonoma County will reap the benefits of his hard work in building a talented, professional club.”
Dill, 30, takes the Stompers reins after managing the previous two seasons in the Pecos League of Professional Baseball Clubs, first with the 2012 Las Cruces Vaqueros, and then with the Las Vegas (New Mexico) Train Robbers in 2013.
While with Las Cruces, Dill’s team set the all-time league record for total offense, and the Train Robbers set the all-time league record in ERA under his guidance.
In two seasons, Dill has a career managerial record of 86-57, leading both teams to the league championship series in consecutive seasons, and capturing a Northern Division Championship in 2013 with the Train Robbers.
“I am honored to be a part of the Sonoma Stompers in our inaugural season. It has already been a pleasure to work with a staff of people who are truly dedicated to the success of the team,” Dill said. “The opportunity to manage a minor league team in a place as beautiful and welcoming as Sonoma is a dream come true.”
During his time with the Pecos League, Dill has promoted 28 players to higher levels of professional baseball, more than any other manager in the league during that period.
Earlier in 2014, Dill managed in the California Winter League in Palm Springs, an instructional showcase league for current professional and free agents.
“I look forward to developing a team of young men who will not only be great on the field, but will also be respected members of the community,” Dill said. “It’s not often you get the opportunity to create something new and develop it into something great. I look forward to working with our staff and the community as it becomes an integral part of Sonoma and minor league baseball.”
On Tuesday, the Sonoma Stompers Baseball Club released its schedule for its inaugural 2014 Pacific Association of Professional Baseball League season, and began selling season tickets, with single-game tickets soon to become available, and team merchandise going on sale Monday, April 14.
In their season opener on Tuesday, June 3, the Sonoma Stompers will face the 2013 Pacific Association Division Champion San Rafael Pacifics at Albert Park in San Rafael.
Rounding out the PAPB league are the Vallejo Admirals, and the soon-to-be-named Pittsburg team.
The Stompers’ home opener is slated for Tuesday, July 1, at Arnold Field, where 33 home games during July and August will be played, with a featured home spring training exhibition game against Pittsburg on Wednesday, May 28.
For ticket information or more details, visit stompersbaseball.com.