Written by Press Release
Tuesday, 26 September 2006 12:00
The Gary SouthShore RailCats Professional Baseball Club announced today that manager Greg Tagert has signed a two-year contract that will keep him with the RailCats through at least the 2008 season. RailCats Vice-President & General Manager Roger Wexelberg made the announcement.
Tagert has spent the last two seasons with the RailCats, leading the club to the Northern League championship in 2005 and the Eastern Division title in 2006 when the club lost to Fargo-Moorhead in the championship series.
In addition to his success on the field, Tagert has also made a commitment to signing high-character players who are quality representatives of the team and the community.
“Greg has brought us the entire package,” said Wexelberg. “He has made a huge impact on this franchise. He has given the RailCats fans two outstanding playoff seasons, one championship, and one near-championship. He has also brought in players who have been quality people in addition to being good baseball players. Our fans have really taken to the types of players Greg has recruited, guys who have a lot of character, who are good in the community, who work hard, give it everything they’ve got on the field, and find a way to win.”
Mike Tatoian, Chief Executive Officer of Victory Sports Group, owner of the RailCats, also praised Tagert.
“Greg solidifies the future of the baseball operations side of the RailCats,” said Tatoian. “This two year commitment brings stability to the club in terms of player personnel and the coaching staff. Greg is a quality individual and a proven winner that we are proud to have in our corner.”
Tagert’s record with the RailCats is 105-88 (.544). After winning the league title in 2005, Tagert was forced to rebuild the roster for 2006, bring in 15 new players to go along with seven returnees. The club started slowly, winning just three of its first 14 games, but finished with a 51-46 record and won the second half Eastern Division title by winning its last eight games of the regular season. The team then defeated Schaumburg in the first round of the playoffs before losing to Fargo-Moorhead three-games-to-one in the best-of-five championship series.
The RailCats also broke the franchise single-season attendance record in 2005 and then broke it again in 2006.
“I am thrilled to return to the RailCats,” said Tagert. “When I took this job, I thought it was a unique opportunity and one of the best jobs in the country. And after being here two years, I feel even better about it than I did on day one. I appreciate the opportunity that Mike Tatoian and Roger Wexelberg have given me and I love working with everyone here.”
The RailCats will open the 2007 Northern League season in May.