SIOUX CITY, IA – After completing the most successful season on the field in the organization’s 23 seasons, The Sioux City Explorers announced today that they have picked up the option on Field Manager, Steve Montgomery’s contract and he will once again lead the X’s in 2016.
“We had a tremendous season in 2015 and we are looking forward to providing our fans with another great season in 2016 knowing that Steve will be returning for his third season at the helm.” commented Explorers owner John Roost.
Under the direction of Montgomery in 2015, The Sioux City Explorers claimed the Central Division Championship with an overall record of 75-25, which calculates to a .750 winning percentage. The X’s 75 wins and .750 winning percentage are both new American Association League Records.
In addition, the 2015 X’s also set new league marks for road wins in a season (38), stolen bases in a season (188), team earned run average (3.04), earned runs allowed (301), runs allowed (304) , hits allowed (750) and opponents batting average (.228). The X’s also boasted the best team batting average in the league with a .292 team batting average. In all, the X’s broke (9) American Association league records during their remarkable and record breaking 2015 campaign.
“I am very excited for the opportunity to lead the Explorers into the 2016 season. With the excitement 2015 brought us, we hope we can build upon that and make 2016 even more exciting. I look forward to seeing all of our fans back out at the ballpark and I want to thank John, Shane and Matt for this great opportunity moving forward” stated field manager Steve Montgomery.
Montgomery, who currently makes his off-season home in Lithia, FL was named the 2015 American Association field manager of the year and is now 122-78 in his two seasons as the field manager of the Sioux City Explorers.
Steve Montgomery photo courtesy of the Sioux City Journal