In a surprise announcement, A's manager Matt Suby
informed the Marshall Baseball Association board of his intentions to step down as A's manager, effectively immediately. Suby has managed the A's for the past 3 seasons.
Suby wrote in his letter to the board:
With work, my little one at home, family and friends, there are more things pulling at me for my time. For the past 15+ years between VFW and the A’s I’ve made baseball a priority and missed weddings, funerals, trips, etc. It is time that I start making those things a priority and to do that means stepping away from the diamond.
It has been my pleasure to serve as manager of the A’s for the past 3 seasons. Being a part of a team I love, in a town I love, has been a tremendous experience and I am truly thankful for the opportunity. I am grateful to you as board members, the players and the fans of the Marshall A’s for the support you’ve shown over the past 3 years. It really has been a dream come true.
Suby will remain on the MBA board and will be a key resource in determining his replacement. He finishes his managerial career for A's with a 45-27 record over 3 seasons.
MARSHALL, Minn. – The A's finished the 2016 season with an 11-9 record, finishing two wins short of a state tournament bid.
Tbe awards for Rookie of the Year, Gold Glove, Cy Young, and MVP are as follows...
Rookie of the Year
is your 2016 A's Rookie of the Year. The Marshall native led the team in hits (22) while batting a ridiculous .468 on the year. Penske was second in runs scored (13) and his 5 extra base hits were third most on the team.
Jake Leighton (4-3, 2.04 ERA), Derek Branson (.264 AVG, 13 runs, 1 HR, 12 RBIs)
is your 2016 A's Gold Glove winner. The shortstop was a strong defender, combining wide range with a strong arm. Hoeft finished with a .918 fielding percentage, 21 putouts and team high 46 assists.
Connor Winkelman (.935 FP, 25 putouts, 4 assists), Jordon Kontz (.972 FP, 51 putouts, 19 assists)
is your 2016 Cy Young award winner. The starter led the team in ERA (2.04), innings pitched (57 1/3), and tied for the team lead in wins (4) and saves (1). Leighton held opponents to a .235 batting average.
Travis McGlauflin (4-2, 2.38 ERA, 22 K's)
is your 2016 A's MVP winner. Kinney led the team in RBIs (20) while batting .345 in 58 at bats. Kinney finished third on the team in hits (20) and second in extra base hits (7).
Mason Penske (.468 AVG, 13 runs, 10 RBIs), Jordon Kontz (.350 AVG, 8 runs, 18 RBIs)