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.