Professional baseball is returning to Sussex County for the first time since the Sussex Skyhawks suspended operations after the 2010 season.
The new team, which will be known as the Sussex County Miners, announced today that Steve Shirley will be its first manager.
“I wanted someone who had experience in the dugout, who had a good track record and who’d won a championship,” Miners General Manager Dave Chase told New Jersey Herald reporter Carl Barbati.
Shirley has managed the Sioux Falls Canaries in the independent American Association for the last eight years, winning a championship in 2008 and twice earning honors as the league’s manager of the year. In 2014, the Canaries finished with a 33-67 record, the worst in franchise history, and he was let go after the season on Sept. 4.