As expected, Aeros manager Mike Sarbaugh was named the 2009 Eastern League Manager of the Year Wednesday.
In just his second season as manager with Double-A Akron, Sarbaugh (who also previously served as the team's hitting coach for four seasons in 2000-03), guided the squad to a league-best record of 83-53, as the Aeros just claimed a fifth consecutive postseason berth.
Sunday, the Aeros clinched the regular-season E.L. Southern Division crown. With six days remaining in the regular season, the Aeros own a 11.5-game lead over second place Reading.
Sarbaugh, who was selected by Baseball America as the “Best Managerial Prospect” in the E.L. entering the season, began his managerial career in 2004. There, he won the New-York Penn League Championship with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers.
Sarbaugh then took on the low Class-A level, as he moved up to manage the Lake County Captains in 2005.
Before coming back to Akron, Sarbaugh skippered the high Class-A Kinston Indians during the 2006 and '07 seasons.
His '06 squad won the Carolina League title and in '07, Sarbaugh was selected as the Carolina League Manager of the Year.
All told, Sarbaugh's career managerial record is 449-321 (.583) over six seasons.