The Appalachian League today announced Pulaski Yankees skipper Luis Dorante as the league’s 2019 Manager of the Year. It is the second such recognition for Dorante, who won the award in 2017 during his last stint at the helm of the rookie-level Yankees.
“My goal this year was to teach the little details about the game along with discipline and respect for the game and others, and to make them understand that this is the start of a journey to become a good Major League Baseball player,” Dorante said. “Thanks to all for the help to accomplish this teamwork.”
Dorante has guided the Yankees to a 40-22 record with a 4.0 game lead in the Appalchian League East. The squad has already clinched a playoff.
Dorante is in his eighth season in the Yankees’ organization and second at the helm of the Pulaski Yankees. He spent the 2018 season as the bullpen coach for the Trenton Thunder, where he previously served as pitching coach for the 2012 and 2013 seasons, helping the Thunder to an Eastern League Championship in 2013.
Dorante was manager of the Charleston RiverDogs from 2014-2016. Signed as a non-drafted free agent in 1986 by Boston, he played six minor league seasons in the Red Sox organization.