Point Park baseball alum Ryan Ellis named top manager in South Atlantic League
Aug. 30, 2011
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- A wonderful year of accolades continued for Point Park baseball alum and Munhall, Pa., native Ryan Ellis on Tuesday when he was voted the top manager in the South Atlantic League. Ellis, who is in his first year as manager of the NY Mets Class A affiliate the Savannah Sand Gnats, was voted by league managers, general managers, broadcasters and print media as the Manager for the SAL's annual end-of-year All-Star Team.
Ellis' big year started in March when he got his first managerial role in professional baseball as manager of the Sand Gnats. In June, he managed the South Division team in the SAL All-Star game since his team won the division's first-half title. Later that month, he was voted into Point Park's Pioneer Athletic Hall of Fame, and he will be formally inducted in a ceremony Oct. 9, 2011 on campus.
Finally, he was named by Baseball America as the best manager prospect in the South Atlantic League in their annual survey.
Entering this the final week of the regular season, Ellis has the Sand Gnats tied for first place in the SAL South Division. The playoffs start Sept. 7.
Ellis, 32, played baseball at Point Park from 1997-00 and was an NAIA Honorable-Mention All-American. He still holds the school record for single-season batting average (.477 in '99), and he hit .405 for his career. In the school record books, Ellis ranks third in hits and RBIs and second in homers. He is a graduate of Steel Valley High School.
Past managers to be named the manager on the SAL All-Star Team include former big leaguers Roberto Kelly ('06), Tim Bogar ('05) and Doug Davis ('98). Former Pittsburgh Pirates minor league manager and MLB third base coach Tony Beasley won the award in 2002.