Mike Jirschele

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Michael John Jirschele (born March 3, 1959 in Clintonville, Wisconsin) is a coach for the Kansas City Royals. He previously served as the manager for the Omaha Storm Chasers baseball team, his 12th season in Omaha and 15th season as a minor league manager. He also played minor league baseball for 13 seasons.

Player[edit]

Jirschele went to high school at Clintonville. He was named as an all-state quarterback on the football team and pursued by the Wisconsin Badgers football team.[1] After graduating high school, he was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the fifth round of the 1977 draft.[1]

An infielder, Jirschele played minor league baseball from 1977 to 1985 and from 1987 to 1990, hitting .225 with 102 doubles, 31 triples and 35 home runs in 999 games. He played at the Triple-A level for six seasons, but he never reached the major leagues.[2]

Manager and Coach[edit]

Jirschele began his minor league managing career in 1992, heading the GCL Royals in the Gulf Coast League and leading them to the league championship. In 1993, he managed the Rockford Royals of the Midwest League, and in 1994 he managed the Wilmington Blue Rocks of the Carolina League, leading them to the league championship. From 1995 to 1997 and from 2003 to 2011 he has managed the Omaha Storm Chasers franchise, known as the Royals through the 2010 season.

On May 23, 2011, Jirschele won his 1,000th game as a minor league manager. He was named the winner of the 2011 Mike Coolbaugh Award as the minor league manager of the year.[1][3]

On October 25, 2013, Jirschele was announced as a coach for the Kansas City Royals for the 2014 season.[4] later moved to be the 3rd base coach.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Thompson, Andy (8 January 2012). "Jirschele could see beyond sports' success". The Post-Crescent. 
  2. ^ Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Dutton, Bob (November 14, 2011). "Royals notes: Omaha's Jirschele honored". The Kansas City Star. Retrieved November 16, 2011. 
  4. ^ Mitchell, Andrew (October 25, 2013). "Mike Jirschele Promoted to Kansas City Royals Coaching Staff". Omaha Storm Chasers. Retrieved October 25, 2013. 

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