Manager Dean Treanor became the first skipper in franchise history to lead the Indians to five straight winning seasons as Indianapolis defeated Durham, 4-1, for the 73rd victory of a 144-game regular season, Aug. 16 at Victory Field.
No Tribe skipper in the franchise’s 113-year history had previously accomplished the feat.
International League Hall of Famer Dave Miley strung together four straight winning seasons from 1996-1999 — But never five in a row.
“I guess when you put it like that, that’s a pretty special accomplishment,” Treanor said. “It’s hard to believe with this type of organization, and the type of talent, that no one else has (reached five consecutive winning seasons).”
Treanor entered the 2015 campaign as the first Tribe manager since Vern Rapp in 1975 to oversee the club through more than four seasons. He was one of seven skippers in the 300-Win club and ranked tied with Miley as the team’s only two managers to finish above the .500 mark in four straight years.
After the winning-season clincher, Treanor stood with a career record of 390-308 (.559) at the helm the Indians, and in pursuit of his third division title in the last four seasons.
Indianpolis’ skipper, who originally won the franchise’s first set of back-to-back IL West crowns in 2012-13, fell just short of the 2014 postseason following a wave of big-league promotions to the Pittsburgh Pirates.
A parent club that has continued to be impressed by Treanor’s organization-wide contributions.
“Our development process is all about teaching our young men how to compete 24/7 in everything they do, so that they can ultimately be the best that they can be and achieve their potential,” Pittsburgh Pirates Director of Minor League Operations, Larry Broadway, said.
“Part of that process is teaching them how to compete in between the lines, so that they aren’t expected to do it for the first time when they get to Pittsburgh; Dean and the rest of our Indianapolis staffs have done a good job teaching our players how to compete at this level, which has allowed many of our Triple-A players to transition to Pittsburgh and help the big club win meaningful games.”
Just part of the job says the new record-holder Treanor —
Maybe the best part, that is, from an illustrious tenure with the Tribe.
“It’s the players’ accomplishments that mean so much to me,” Treanor said. “It’s my passion as a manager to really try to get these guys to the next level of their careers.”