Triple-A Iowa’s General Manager, Sam Bernabe was named Minor League Executive of the Year on Tuesday by Baseball America. Bernabe will receive the award at a banquet during Baseball’s Winter Meetings in San Diego on Dec. 9.
Sam Bernabe has been with the Iowa Cubs since 1983 and became the team’s GM in 1986. Bernabe is in charge of the day-to-day operations of the franchise and became president and part owner in 1999.
For the past seven years, Bernabe has been the chairman of the National Association’s board of trustees helping shape Minor League Baseball. Bernabe is a member of the PCL executive committee, the Triple-A marketing committee and a Minor League representative for the Major League Baseball rules committee.
The Iowa Cubs have been the Triple-A affiliate for the Chicago Cubs for the last 33 years. The Cubs extended its PDC (player development contract) with Iowa in the fall that runs through the 2018 season. The Cubs and I-Cubs have the eighth longest current continuous minor league affiliation in baseball. Iowa has been the Cubs’ Triple-A affiliate since 1981 and officially adopted the ‘Cubs’ nickname in 1982.
According to Iowa Cubs’ broadcaster Randy Wehofer, Ty Wright is returning to the Cubs organization. Wright will be a coach for the 2015 season in extended Spring Training and in the Rookie League.
The Cubs selected Wright in the seventh round of the 2007 draft. Wright turns 30 in February and played last year in Independent ball. In 2013, Wright played in 120 games for Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa.
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The Oakland A’s announced its staff for Triple-A Nashville on Tuesday and former Cubs’ first round draft pick, Don Schulze was named the Sounds’ pitching coach. Schulze coached for Double-A Midland last year. The Cubs selected Schulze in the first round of the 1980 draft. The right hander made his big league debut with the Cubs three years later and pitched in only five games, four starts, before being included in the trade that brought Rick Sutcliffe to the Cubs in 1984.
John Sickels is working on the Cubs’ prospect list for Minor League Ball