Former National League Manager of the Year Hal Lanier returns for his 10th camp. Hal lead the Ottawa Champions to a Can-Am championship title in the team’s second year of existence. For his efforts, he was named 2016 Can-Am League Manager of the Year as voted by fellow managers and front offices.
Prior to joining the Champions, Lanier managed the Frontier League’s Normal Cornbelters in 2010 and 2011. He had previously managed the Can-Am League’s Sussex Skyhawks from 2008 to 2009, leading the club to the league championship in 2008. Lanier also spent ten seasons at the helm of the Northern League’s Winnipeg Goldeyes.
From 1986 to 1988, he managed the Houston Astros, guiding the team to a 96-66 record and the division championship in 1986, earning NL Manager of the Year honours. Prior to Houston, Lanier served as the third-base coach for the St. Louis Cardinals for five seasons, including their 1982 World Series and 1985 NLCS squads. He had managed in the Cardinals’ minor-league system from 1976-1980.
As a player, Lanier spent ten seasons in the big leagues, eight with the San Francesco Giants and two with the New York Yankees. As a rookie for the Giants in 1964, he batted .274 and was named to the Topps All-Star Rookie team. In his fifth season with San Francisco, Lanier led all National League shortstops in putouts (282) and fielding average (.979)
Carey enters his 12th season in professional baseball. In five seasons as the CornBelters’ skipper, Carey posted a 248-230 record, but his biggest success came in 2015. After leading the club to its first ever winning season in 2014, Carey set his sights higher and took the CornBelters to their first playoff berth as champions of the West Division. The award-winning season marked a stunning turnaround, as Carey took Normal from eighth place in 2014 to second place in 2015.
Prior to Normal, Carey’s coaching history began with championship roots in the Can-Am League. In 2008, Carey got his first taste of coaching pro ball when Hal Lanier, the 1986 National League Manager of the Year for the Houston Astros, asked him to be the pitching coach for the Sussex Skyhawks. Carey’s first season turned out to be a rousing success, as he and Lanier guided the Skyhawks to the Can-Am League championship.
Cliburn brings a decorated coaching background to Camp with more than 25 seasons in minor league baseball. Cliburn previously spent 12 seasons as a manager in the Pittsburgh Pirates minor league system, as well as 10 seasons as a manager in the Minnesota Twins minor league system with the New Britain Rock Cats from 2001-2005, and the Rochester Red Wings from 2006-2009. From there, Cliburn spent 3 seasons as the manager of the Sioux City Explorers of the American Association. Most recently, Cliburn spent 3 seasons as the manager of the New Britain Bees of the independent Atlantic League and last season with the Chicago Dogs
Hobson joins camp with more than 35 years of experience in major and minor league baseball, including three seasons as manager of the Boston Red Sox.
Hobson is in his second season with the Chicago Dogs and most recently served as the manager of the Kane County Cougars, the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Low-A affiliate. Previously, he spent 18 seasons managing in independent baseball with the Atlantic League’s Lancaster Barnstormers (2011-16) and Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (2008-10), the Nashua Pride (Can-Am League 2006-07, Atlantic League 2000-05), and the Texas-Louisiana League’s Mobile BaySharks (1994), winning championships in 2014, 2007 and 2000.
The native of Tuscaloosa, Ala., also managed in affiliated baseball with the Boston, Philadelphia and New York Mets organizations.
Hobson played in the major leagues for Boston (1975-1980), California (1981) and the New York Yankees (1982), belting 30 home runs in 1977.
Paul Noce has been in the game of baseball for over 33 years including two stints in Major League Baseball with the Chicago Cubs (1987) and Cincinnati Reds (1990). Noce was selected as a Topps All-Star for his play at the AA level. After his successful playing career, Noce was an instructor and manager for MLB organizations before moving on to the collegiate ranks. In 1994, he took the reins at Hillsdale College in Adrian, Mich and amassed 349 wins during his tenure. Paul has excelled at every level of baseball, winning the AAA World Series in 1988 and being a part of the 1990 Cincinnati Reds World Series. In 2012, Noce was inducted into the Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame in San Mateo, Calif.
Previous Manager in the Frontier league and coach with the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League. Billy served as the pitching coach and assisted in player procurement related activities under manager Kevin Baez. Billy oversaw the entire 2017 pitching staff for the Ducks, which included eight pitchers with MLB experience and a CY Young Award Winner. MLB organizations signed three of his players (RHP Henderson Alvarez, RHP Tim Melville, and OF Quintin Berry), and all three reached the MLB in the 2017 season.
During the 2015 and 2016 seasons, Billy was the pitching coach and oversaw player procurement for the Ottawa Champions of the Canadian American League (CanAm) as a part of Manager Hal Lanier’s staff. In 2016, Billy helped Ottawa to a CanAm League Championship
John comes to the SCCL with an extensive background in baseball. He has coached and managed at multiple levels. Those ranks include stops at the collegiate, and professional levels. He has also been a private hitting instructor for numerous years working with many current and former professional baseball players.
John has had experience in a variety of roles in professional baseball. He served as the hitting coach and third base coach for the Sussex County Miners in the Can-Am League. In the Frontier League, he served as the hitting coach for the Washington Wild Things. In the Pacific Association, John was hired as the manager of the Pittsburg Mettle who later changed their name to the Pittsburg Diamonds. He has served as an assistant field manager and director of player procurement for the Raton Osos. John has also spent time in the Atlantic League with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, and served as the hitting coordinator for the South Florida Winter League. Additionally, John worked in the Washington Nationals organization serving as an instructor. While with the Washington Nationals, John also helped open the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy. At the academy, he helped coach and mentor many student athletes in his spare time.
At the collegiate level, John spent three seasons as an assistant with Towson University, a Division 1 school. At Towson, he was actively involved in all aspects of the program including budgeting, recruiting, practice planning, travel planning, and student athlete academics. One of his main responsibilities was working with the hitters using the RightView Pro video analysis system.
One of John’s main passions is giving back. He has been a mentor and involved in the Big Brother and Best Buddies programs. For the Special Olympics, he has served as a spokesperson and advocate. John has been a coordinator for Special Olympics young athletes program, and with Washington, John made an effort to partner up with the Special Olympics in every town they played in.
Roth is entering his six season in professional baseball and his 4th as a manager.
Cam also spent 4 years with the Baltimore Orioles after being drafted as a lhp.
Jimmy Efre is the hitting coach for the New Jersey Jackals. Efre has been with the Baseball Scouting League since 2014. Efre has been working with MLB players and coaches since 2009.