A season after becoming the franchise’s all-time wins leader, manager Marty Pevey will add another line to the Iowa Cubs’ record book.
Pevey will become the longest tenured manager in Iowa history when he returns for his seventh-straight season at the helm during the 2019 season.
“I love Des Moines,” Pevey said. “I mean, wow, I’m 57 and I’m spending my seventh year in Des Moines. I’m really excited. I feel like it’s kind of home away from home. I love it. I love the fans. I love the people.”
Pevey is entering his 36th season in baseball and 23rd as a coach. The 2018 season was a memorable one for Pevey, who collected his 1,000th managerial victory. He was selected to manage the Pacific Coast League in the Triple-A All-Star Game and passed former Joe Sparks on Iowa’s all-time wins list.
Pevey has compiled a 404-448 overall record in six seasons with Iowa. Now he’s back for a franchise-record seventh season, passing another mark once held by Sparks.
“I really enjoy getting players ready to play in the big leagues,” Pevey said. “I really enjoy it. You do it at every level, but it’s more intense and concise at Triple-A.”
Pevey has played a big role in that with the Cubs. Some of Chicago’s biggest stars came through Iowa and played with Pevey before making their big-league debut including Kris Bryant and Javier Baez.
The rest of Pevey’s staff includes pitching coach Rod Nichols and hitting coaches Desi Wilson and Keoni De Renne.
Iowa opens the 2019 season at Nashville on April 4. The team’s home opener is April 9 against New Orleans.
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