Buddy Bailey will be returning to Tennessee for the 2014 season to serve a third consecutive season as the Manager of the Smokies. Bailey is the first man to do this since Rocket Wheeler completed his third consecutive season in 2002. This will be Bailey’s fourth overall season as the manager of the Smokies and in his first three seasons the team amassed 210 wins. The Smokies are coming off of a post-season campaign in 2013 and they will be looking to improve on that under Bailey’s system of fundamentals and game understanding, commonly known as “Buddyball”.
Buddyball has led Bailey to success, not only in the minors, but also in the Venezuelan Winter League. Bailey has managed one of the most regal dynasties in Venezuela. The Tigres de Aragua have won six league titles under the guidance of Bailey in a span of only 10 seasons. Bailey can also boast leading the team to their first Caribbean Series title in 2009.
The veteran coach will bring Buddyball back to Smokies Park for another season of effectively teaching young players how to play the game at the big league level. The system translates into wins on the field, but more importantly to the proper development of the young prospects in the Cubs farm system.