Earlier this week I heard the unwelcome news that Chris Hoiles had resigned as the manager of the York Revolution, a nearby team in the independent Atlantic League. He had been the only manager the team ever had, leading them through a rough inaugural season in 2007 and providing a steadying influence that allowed the club to earn a postseason berth the following year. But the Revs were struggling badly this season, 33-63 overall and just 9-17 in the second half. Overall, Chris won 162 games and lost 200 in his tenure. Hoiles claims that it was his own decision to step aside. Even if that's not the case, you have to respect him for being classy enough to take full responsibility. He says that he believes the team needs a fresh voice to motivate them, and he encouraged good friend and longtime Orioles bullpen catcher and batting practice pitcher Sam Snider to accept the position of interim manager.
It really is a shame that Hoiles couldn't stay on as the skipper. He'd moved his wife and three sons from Ohio to the York area earlier this summer, and now he says that he's unsure of his next move. I wish all the best to Chris and his family in this uncertain time.