The Southern Illinois Miners announce that manager Mike Pinto has reached another milestone in his storied managerial career, with his 600th career victory coming on Sunday night against the Normal CornBelters by a score of 9-3 as part of a Miners series sweep.
Pinto, who is the only manager in Southern Illinois history and also took on the role of the team’s Chief Operating Officer in the offseason, achieved the victory less than two years after winning his 500th game, just after the All-Star Break in 2014 on July 19th against the Evansville Otters at Bosse Field.
The 600 victories includes Mike’s two-year tenure managing the Sioux Falls Canaries in the American Association in 2005 and 2006, as well as the 12 playoff victories he has managed in Southern Illinois. He is the second-winningest manager in Frontier League history, behind only former Florence manager Fran Riordan, and also owns the fourth-most career wins (including non-Frontier League wins) of any active manager in the league.
In his first nine years as the Miners’ skipper, Pinto has set the standard for on-field success in the Frontier League. The Miners have had a winning record in nine consecutive seasons, a league record, and have never had a record of .500 or worse. Along the way, Southern Illinois has won 518 total regular season games, becoming the fastest team in league history to reach 500 wins last year. The team has also won 60 or more games three times, with each season (2010, 2014 and 2015) resulting in a Division Championship. In addition, the Miners won their first Frontier League title in 2012, and have made the postseason six times in their history, including five of the last six years.
The Miners will be back in action on Wednesday, May 25th, when they travel to Florence for a two-game series at 6:05 p.m.
The Southern Illinois Miners are the back-to-back Frontier League East Division Champions and the 2012 Frontier League Champions. They have been awarded the Frontier League Organization of the Year award three times since their inception, and also set a new Frontier League attendance record in 2007, their inaugural season. For ticket information, contact the Rent One Park box office at (618) 998-8499. For any additional information, visit our website at www.southernillinoisminers.com.