The Kane County Cougars have named George Tsamis the field manager for the 2021 season, set to begin May 18.
Tsamis, who spent the last 18 seasons as the field manager for the St. Paul Saints in Minnesota, will become the 21st manager in Cougars franchise history.
“We are so excited to have George as a part of our family,” said Cougars owner and President Dr. Bob Froehlich. “We know we’ve got the right guy with George, I know he is going to put the right field staff around him and I know they’re going to put the right players around him. His record speaks for itself. I don’t think the Kane County Cougars could be in better hands than they are with George at the helm.”
During his tenure with the Saints, Tsamis tallied more than 1,000 wins, making him the all-time winningest coach in American Association history. He also led the team to two championships, most recently in 2019.
“We are thrilled to welcome George to the Cougars,” said Cougars Vice President and General Manager Curtis Haug. “He is a great fit for our organization with his vast experience, positive attitude and passion for the game of baseball.”
Prior to managing the Saints, Tsamis spent two seasons as the field manager for the New Jersey Jackals and led them to back-to-back Northern League championship titles. He also managed the Waterbury Spirit for two seasons.
“I’m really happy to be here,” Tsamis said. “This is really special for me … Thank you to Dr. Bob, Cheryl Froehlich and Curtis for giving me this chance. I love this league, and the fans are going to love it, too.”
A former Major League pitcher, Tsamis was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 15th round of the 1989 MLB draft and competed with them for a season before starting his management career. Tsamis was also a standout Little League player, competing in the 1979 Little League World Series.
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About the Kane County Cougars
The Kane County Cougars have been at the forefront of family-friendly entertainment since 1991. In 2015, the franchise became the first Class-A team in Minor League Baseball history to welcome 11 million fans through the gates. A total of 171 former Cougars have reached the Major Leagues including Miguel Cabrera, Nelson Cruz, Josh Becke, Adrian Gonzalez and Kyle Schwarber.
SOURCE: Kane County Cougars news release