Sioux City, IA – The Sioux City Explorers announced today that after compiling an overall record of 127-160 over the past 3 seasons (2011-2013), the team will not renew the contract of field manager Stan Cliburn for the 2014 season, which will mark the team’s 22nd season of professional baseball in Siouxland.
"On behalf of the entire Explorers organization, I would like to thank Stan for his efforts these past three seasons, I wish him all the best in his future endeavors," comments X's General Manager Shane Tritz. “As an organization, we felt a change was needed to provide our fans and supporters with a more competitive team on the field for the 2014 season and beyond. We also wanted to make the decision quickly to ensure that a new manager would have as much time as possible to become involved in the community; alongside the coaches, players, and front office staff, before the start of the next season.”
In his first season with the X's in 2011, Cliburn guided the X's to an overall record of 51-49 and narrowly missed earning a spot in the playoffs as the wild card (4th place in the American Associations 5 team Central Division). For the year, the X's ranked in 4th place in team pitching with a 4.54 ERA and compiled a team batting average of .290 which ranked tied for 7th amongst the 14 American Association clubs.
In 2012, the X's finished with an overall record of 45-55 with a team ERA of 4.93 (9th in American Association) while hitting .286 as a team (tied for 5th in the 13 team American Association).
The 2013 season started very promising by starting the season 3-0 before going 7-7 during the month of May. The X’s finished the month of June with an 11-17 record before falling to just 18-38 in July and August before sweeping the final series of the season in St. Paul on August 31st – September 2nd. For the season, Cliburn guided the X’s to an overall mark of 31-56 before Ty Marotz stepped in as the interim field manager and finished the final 13 games with a 7-6 record for an overall record in 2013 of 38-62.
The search for a new field manager will begin immediately.