Current Indianapolis Indians skipper, Dean Treanor, was named the Dominican Winter League’s Manager of the Year after leading Estrellas de Oriente to a 32-18 record and first-place finish during the 2014 offseason league. The Tribe’s standout manager has now won the award in three of the previous seven years, and following his accolades in 2008-09 and 2010-11, received 63 of 66 first-place votes to take home the 2014 crown.
With Treanor at the helm, the Elephants finished with a 2.0-game lead in the division while notching the most total victories for the franchise since 1975-76. The current Tribe manager accomplished the impressive feats by utilizing what the Dominican media has since dubbed “Treanor Ball,” with coaching strategy featuring a league-high 63 stolen bases — 16 more than any DWL club — in just 50 DWL games.
In addition, Treanor also helped oversee a pitching staff that paced the league in ERA (3.18), WHIP (1.26), shutouts (7), saves (23), fewest hits allowed (414) and fewest runs allowed (188).
Through the conclusion of the DWL regular season, Treanor has turned in a career record of 156-144 (.520) in six campaigns as a manager in the Dominican Republic between Estrellas (2014), Tigres del Licey (2012) and Toros del Este (2008-11). The Indians manager is currently 4-5 in this season’s Winter League Round Robin Playoffs to rank just 3.0-games behind the now-top-seeded Gigantes del Cibao.
Treanor has displayed equally strong leadership during his four-year tenure in the Indians’ clubhouse. He ranks sixth among team skippers in all-time wins and his overall record of 317-258 is the best among managers in the Indianapolis Indians’ prestigious 300-Win Club (.551 win percentage).
Perhaps even more impressive, Treanor, in 2014, joined Dave Miley as the franchise’s lone two managers to have led the club to a winning record through four consecutive seasons.