He grew up in the dugout and now he gets to run the dugout.
Tim Moyer, who has been with the team since about the age of six has been named manager of the Sheboygan A’s.
Moyer replaces Derek Loomans, who resigned following last season after accepting a teaching job in Fond du Lac. He will continue to pitch for the A’s on an availability basis.
Loomans posted a 161-108-2 record in his five years as the A’s leader. Only three A’s managers have won more games. He was 88-57 in the Wisconsin State League with three second-place finishes, and 56-34 in the Northeastern Wisconsin League with three second places and two thirds. His club won the 2018 Wisconsin Amateur Baseball Classic tournament.
Moyer has served in a bench coach capacity for Loomans in recent years. He knows he has big shoes to fill. “I thought Derek did a great job,” Moyer said, “especially emphasizing to the new players that they are role models to our younger fans.
“It is truly fun to see the players grow up over the course of the season once they see how important they are to the young kids and families that come to watch them play. I’ve always felt the Sheboygan A’s is a family and not just an organization. That family includes the players, the workers and the fans. I thought Derek did a great job building that association,” Moyer said.
“I’m looking forward to managing this year,” Moyer said. “I’ve been around the A’s as long as I can remember. I started when I was little at Legion Park hanging the scores on the scoreboard for each inning, then graduated to batboy, then score marker, and then announcer followed by statistics and ultimately playing for several years. I honestly cannot remember a time in my life without the A’s.”
Moyer played four years at Sheboygan South, four years with the Legion team, four years with the Marquette University Club team, three years in the Milwaukee Langsdorf League and 10 years with the A’s. In addition to working under Loomans, Moyer served as an assistant coach at South High School for six years, was a Diamonds coach and board member for six years, assistant coach at North for seven years and was the Sheboygan Legion baseball secretary/board member for seven years.
“Other than being around family, there is nothing quite like being in the dugout with a great group of guys. We’ve had not only good baseball players and good athletes, but good people in recent years. I hope I can help continue that. It is truly fun to see the players grow up over the course of the season and become a family. I’m looking forward to an exciting summer for the team and the fans,” Moyer said.
The new manager and his new team will debut on Wednesday night May 27 when the A’s open their season with an exhibition game against the Manitowoc Bandits.
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