The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees were supposed to be buried in the standings this season because they're playing all of their games on the road.
Instead, the team is on the verge of clinching its fifth International League North Division title in six years.
On Tuesday, the team's skipper Dave Miley was named International League Manager of the Year after being voted on by the league's managers, coaches, media and club representatives. It's the second time Miley received the honor after winning it in 2007, his first season with the SWB Yankees.
Despite the Yankees being homeless this season, they have posted the second-best record in the I.L. with an 81-47 mark.
"It is really difficult to adequately describe the job Dave Miley has done in the 2012 season," New York Yankees Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations Mark Newman said in a press release by the team. "Dave has met the extraordinary challenge of leading a team playing 144 games on the road with extraordinary success. No one could be more deserving of this award."
"It has always been about the coaches and players surrounding me," Miley said in the release. "Just like it has been every year, once again this season, the Yankees have given me great coaches to work with and great players to manage."
Miley also notched milestones this season picking up win No. 1,600 in his minor league career in April and winning No. 500 as the Yankees Triple-A Manager in May. In 21 seasons as a minor league manager he has compiled a 1,678 – 1,271 record. He has been the only manager in SWB Yankees history and in seven seasons as the manager of the Yankees top affiliate he is 563-430.
Including 2012, Miley has posted a winning record in 19 of his 21 seasons.
"What Dave has done with his team would be impressive in a normal situation," SWB Yankees President and General Manager Rob Crain said in the release. "With the challenges he and his staff encountered this year, his efforts have been nothing short of remarkable."
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre as a franchise is now third all-time in the International League with five managers of the year in its 24-year history. Miley leads the SWB skippers with two and is joined by Lee Elia (1992), Marc Bombard (2002) and John Russell (2006) as the other Scranton/Wilkes-Barre managers to take top honors.