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Saturday, January 14, 2023

Bobby Miscik made AAA as player, manager; Enjoyed involvement in the game

After four seasons at AAA with the Pirates without a call to Pittsburgh, Bobby Miscik chose to sign with a new club. He still believed he could make the bigs - as a player, he told his hometown Latrobe Bulletin in September 1986.

"A lot of people tell me that I'll make it to the major leagues as a manager rather than as a player," Miscik told The Bulletin then, "but my dream is to play for a major league club because I honestly believe that I can help somebody."

Miscik did sign with another team, but he never made the majors. He did eventually help a lot of other players, though, in an even longer career as a coach and manager in the minors, not in the majors.

Miscik's long career in baseball began in 1980, signed by the Pirates as an undrafted free agent out of Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Miscik started with the Pirates in the rookie Gulf Coast League and at single-A Shelby. He made AA Buffalo first in 1981, then AAA Hawaii in 1983. But he ended up staying at Hawaii through 1986, four seasons, without making Pittsburgh.

He moved to the Angels and AAA Edmonton for 1987 and 1988 to end his playing career.

Miscik then turned coach. By 1990, he was at high-A Frederick. His first managerial job came the next year at single-A Kane County. For 1992, he was back at Frederick as manager. 

To The Washington Post in April 1992, Miscik assessed his Frederick team.

"It's a young club of mostly players from Kane County last year . . . a bunch of gamers," Miscik told The Post. "They had some success last year and it's going to be fun to watch them battle in this league."

Miscik made manager at AAA Rochester in 1993, then AA Bowie for 1995. He then moved to the Rangers as minor league field coordinator. He stayed with the Rangers through 2004, then he arrived with the Reds in 2005. In 2010, he served as manager at high-A Brevard County with the Brewers.

Miscik continued as a coach in the Brewers system in 2020, according The Uniontown Herald-Standard wrote.

"I still enjoy being involved with the game and I still enjoy being on the field with the players." Miscik told The Herald-Standard that October. "Because of all the experiences I had, I'm more at easy with a lot of things. Now I'm actually having more fun than I've had before."

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:4,111
Made the Majors:1,361-33.1%
Never Made Majors:2,750-66.9%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:554
10+ Seasons in the Minors:336

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