Bobby Brown returns for his third season at the helm of the Lincoln Saltdogs.
Brown guided the ‘Dogs to an 18-game turnaround in his first year in the capital city. He turned the team’s 2015 record of 34-66 into 52-48 in ‘16. The Saltdogs finished the season three games short of making the playoffs.
The Saltdogs continued to improve in Brown’s second season, posting a 58-41 record and winning the Central Division title. He was crowned American Association Manager of the Year for guiding the ‘Dogs to their second-most wins in franchise history. The team reached many milestones in 2017, including setting a league-record with a .982 fielding percentage and winning 12-straight home games twice during the season.
Before the Saltdogs, Brown was the manager of the Amarillo Thunderheads. Under his leadership, Amarillo sold five players to MLB organization from 2013-15, with two of them reaching the big leagues.
David Peralta hit .352 in 42 games for Brown’s Amarillo club in 2013 before being signed by the Arizona Diamondbacks. Less than one year later, Peralta reached “The Show,” where he hit .286 with eight home runs and nine triples in 88 games.
Brown led Amarillo to a 52-48 season in 2013, and a 134-165 record overall in three years as manager.
“We are looking forward to Bobby’s return for his third season in Lincoln along with last year’s coaching staff to make a run at the 2018 American Association Championship,” Saltdogs President/GM Charlie Meyer said.
A San Luis Obispo, Calif. native, Brown managed Abilene of the North American League in 2012 and was the hitting coach for San Angelo in 2011. Brown played professionally for eight seasons, spending 1997 in the Kansas City Royals organization, and played collegiately at the University of Oklahoma.
Brown is the seventh manager in franchise history.
2018 will be Reichert’s fifth season (2013-14, 2016-present) as pitching coach for Lincoln. California-native is a former first round draft pick out of University of the Pacific and pitched five seasons in Major League Baseball for the Royals and Blue Jays. Reichert played for the Saltdogs in 2007, going 7-5 with a 4.50 ERA.
“I love the fans out here, the front office, they are some of the best in the country,” Reichert said. “I’m very excited about getting this club together to win another championship.”
Reichert grew up in Turlock, Calif. but has made Lincoln his home since 2007. The right-hander played professionally for 14 seasons, including five years at the Big League level and 2011 in the Chinese Professional Baseball League. He played his final season in 2012 for Southern Maryland of the Atlantic League.
The Lincoln arms improved dramatically under the direction of Reichert during his first stint as pitching coach in 2013-14.
The year prior to Reichert’s initial hiring, the Saltdogs pitching staff ranked 12th in the American Association with a 5.37 ERA.
In his first season as pitching coach in 2013, Reichert helped the Lincoln hurlers improve to sixth in the league with a 4.29 ERA.
Under his tutelage in 2014, the Saltdogs pitchers ranked fifth in the American Association in team ERA as the club advanced all the way to the championship series.
Reichert helped coach Lindsey Caughel to the Pitcher of the Year award in 2016. The righty led the league with a 2.11 ERA and ranked second with 120 strikeouts.
Saltdogs hurlers dominated the league in 2017. The pitching staff compiled a 3.45 ERA, the best in the league and the lowest in franchise history. Three pitchers had their contracts purchased by MLB franchises in 2017.
“I’ve learned so many great things over the course of my playing career,” Reichert said. “Now it’s about passing on life lessons to the next generation while playing the game of baseball. I’ve really enjoyed mentoring the younger pitchers during my later playing days and am very excited about becoming the Saltdogs’ pitching coach.”
The Saltdogs bring back 10-year professional player and 15-year coaching veteran Tom Carcione (“car-see-OWN) as the team’s hitting coach in 2018.
The Saltdogs hitters have enjoyed solid success in Carcione’s two seasons in Lincoln. The ‘Dogs improved from a .254 batting average before he arrived, to .262 his first season, to .270 his second season. The Saltdogs smacked 97 home runs in 2017.
Carcione played 10 seasons as a catcher and corner infielder after being selected by the Oakland Athletics in the 10th round of the 1988 MLB draft out of Texas A&M, reaching as high as Double-A. After wrapping his playing career with the Sioux City Explorers in 1998, Carcione was hired as an assistant coach for the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks in 1999 and has been coaching ever since.
The Chicago-native most recently served as Director of Baseball Operations at Northern Illinois University in 2015, and had been an assistant coach at NIU for three seasons prior.
Carcione spent two seasons as pitching coach for Sioux City in 2006-07 and handled managerial duties for the Ottawa Rapidz (Can-Am League) in 2009.
Matt was raised in North Platte, NE and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, where he also played 4 years of college baseball. Matt received his Master of Science degree in Applied Health and Sport Science from Northwest Missouri State University, where he completed a two year athletic training graduate assistantship in Maryville, Missouri. This will be Matt’s fourth year with the Lincoln Orthopedic Center and Lincoln Saltdogs. Matt resides in Lincoln with his wife, Tanya.
DOUGLAS P. TEWES, MD
Saltdogs Team Medical Director
Dr. Douglas P. Tewes has been a physician with Lincoln Orthopaedic Center, P.C. since 1993. A native of Seward, Nebraska, he graduated from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. He completed his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Kentucky. During this time he was awarded the American Orthopaedic Association National Travel Award Fellowship for his research on knee ligaments. Dr. Tewes also completed a fellowship in Sports Medicine at the Minneapolis Sports Medicine Center.
Dr. Tewes’ dedication and commitment to sports medicine began while at the University of Kentucky where he became actively involved with their basketball program. His career is further highlighted by his award-winning research and his work with the Minnesota Vikings, the Minnesota Timber Wolves, and the University of Minnesota football team.
Dr. Tewes serves as Team Physician and Medical Director for the Lincoln Saltdogs baseball team and the Lincoln Stars hockey team. He is also the Team Physician for athletes at Concordia University, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Doane University, and a number of local area high schools. Dr. Tewes was the first provider in southeast Nebraska to obtain Board Certification in Orthopedic Sports Medicine.
LOC / Saltdogs Team Physicians:
Matthew C. Reckmeyer, MD
Douglas A. Koch, MD
Brandon M. Seifert, MD
Robert A. Vande Guchte, MD
Scott D Bigelow, MD
Jason P. Weber, MD
Keith W. Lawson, MD
Nicholas K. Gove, MD
Robert “Rocky” Rentfro, MD