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Mike Jirschele #59

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Full Name:
Mike Jirschele
Uniform #:
59

Coaching Career
Joined the Royals Major League staff on October 25, 2013...will carry the title Major League coach...has been with the Kansas City organization since 1992... Jirschele has been the manager for the Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA) for the last 11 seasons, leading the team to four division titles, three-straight trips to the Pacific Coast League Championship (2011-13), two PCL titles (2011, 2013) and a Triple-A Championship in 2013... Earned the 2011 Mike Coolbaugh Award for outstanding baseball work ethic, knowledge of the game and skill in mentoring young players on the field... Completed his second stint as manager of the Omaha franchise after leading the Omaha Royals from 1995-97...posted the most wins in franchise history (995), while his 2,013 games managed were also the most in team history... Served as KC's roving infield instructor to the Minor League system from 1998-2002... Joined the organization in 1992 as the manager of the Gulf Coast Royals (R)...named the GCL Manager of the Year after leading the club to a 41-18 record and a league title... Named 1994 Minor League Manager of the Year by The Sporting News after leading the Wilmington (A-Advanced) Blue Rocks to the Mills Cup Championship with a 94-44 record... Accumulated 1,205 career victories at the minor league level...earned his 1,000th career win with a 2-1 triumph over Tucson on May 23, 2011... Four-time recipient of the Dick Howser Award (1992, 1994, 2005, 2011), which recognizes outstanding work in player development within the Royals' organization.

Playing Career
Originally selected by the Texas Rangers as an infielder in the fifth round of the 1977 MLB June Amateur Draft... Played in 999 career games in his minor league career in the Rangers' and Royals' organizations...played six seasons at Triple-A with Denver (1982), Oklahoma City (1983-85) and Omaha (1988-89)... Retired in 1990 after pitching two games for Appleton (A).

Miscellaneous Notes
Mike and his wife, Sheri, reside in Clintonville, Wis....they have three children: Jeremy, Jennifer and Justin; two grandsons, Keegan and Parker and two granddaughters, Taelyn and Paetyn... Graduated in 1977 from Clintonville High School, where he starred in football and baseball...named all-state as a quarterback and received interest from the University of Wisconsin... Inducted into the Central Wisconsin Baseball Hall of Fame in 2011.

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