Doug Simunic, already the all-time winningest coach in independent baseball, notched his thousandth career win today when the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks edged the Sioux City Explorers 4-3 at Newman Outdoor Field.
Simunic began his managerial career in 1993 has the skipper of the Rochester (Minn.) Aces of the Northern League and spent his entire career in that circuit until the RedHawks jumped to the American Association this season. Moving with the team to Winnipeg and coaching the Goldeyes for the 1994 and 1995 seasons, Simunic was named manager of the expansion RedHawks in 1996. Since joining Fargo-Moorhead, he’s led the RedHawks to five Northern League Championships and has been named Manager of the Year six times. Simunic also led Winnipeg to the 1994 Northern League title.
After the game, RedHawks President & Owner Bruce Thom presented Simunic and his family with a certificate for an all-expense-paid vacation for this coming winter in honor of Simunic’s achievement and devotion to the RedHawks organization. We’re guessing Simmy, who’s now an institution in independent baseball, won’t be cashing it in for a weekend at Fort Garry Hotel.
Pictured from left to right: RedHawks GM Josh Buchholz, RedHawks CEO Brad Thom, Stefanie Simunic, Allasyn Simunic, Doug Simunic, RedHawks President & Owner Bruce Thom. Photo by Melody Neer.
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