Kenneth Thomas Joyce

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Born (1964-10-28) October 28, 1964 (age 56)
Portland, Maine
NationalityAmerican
CitizenshipUnited States
OccupationBaseball coach and manager

Kenneth Thomas Joyce born October 28, 1964 in Portland, Maine is an American born baseball coach and manager.[1]

Biography

Ken was born in Portland, Maine and was a member of the 1983 Deering High School Class A State Champion baseball team before attending the University of Southern Maine. A four year starter as in infielder, he set an NCAA record with seven hits in a NAIA Regional tournament before participating in the 1985 NAIA College World Series.[2] He finished his playing career and became the assistant baseball coach at the University of Southern Maine and coached in the NCAA Division III World Series. Ken became middle school a physical education teacher before joining the Portland Sea Dogs as a volunteer bullpen coach in 1994. The volunteer stint turned into his first professional coaching contract when he was named hitting coach of the Florida Marlins AA Sea Dogs affiliate in theEastern League.[3]

Ken became the hitting coach for the Utica Blue Sox of the New York-Penn League in 1997 earning the first of his World Series rings as part of the Florida Marlins organization. The Marlins promoted Ken to manager of the Blue Sox, a position he held in 1998 and 1999.[4] He became the interim head baseball coach at New England College in the spring of 2000[2]. In 2000 and 2001 Ken coached and managed in Independent Professional Baseball for the Northern League East Catskill Cougars and the Adirondack Lumberjacks.[5]

The Toronto Blue Jays hired Ken as the hitting coach for the Medicine Hat Blue Jays in 2002. He was promoted to the Blue Jays AA New Haven Ravens in the Eastern League in 2003 leading the team to a .293 team batting average.[6] In 2004 Ken managed the Blue Jays A affiliate Charleston Alley Cats in the South Atlantic League to an 84-56 record.[7] The Blue Jays relocated the Class A affiliate to Michigan where Ken managed the Lansing Lugnuts of the Midwest League in 2005 and 2006.[8] He returned to the Eastern League in 2007 and 2008 as the hitting coach for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. In 2009 Ken became the hitting coach for the Blue Jays AAA Las Vegas 51's of the Pacific Coast League leading them to a .290 team batting average.[9]

Ken joined the San Francisco Giants in 2010 as hitting coach for the AAA Fresno Grizzlies of the Pacific Coast League earning his first of three World Series rings with the Giants.[10] He then returned to the Eastern League as the hitting coach for the AA Richmond Flying Squirrels from 2011 to 2016 and was selected as the hitting coach for the Scottsdale Scorpions of the 2011 Arizona Fall League where he worked with Mike Trout and Bryce Harper who became 2012 NL and AL Rookies of the Year.[11]

In 2017 the New York Yankees hired Ken as the hitting coach for the Class A Charleston RiverDogs of the South Atlantic League. He spent half the season with Charleston and half the season with the Gulf Coast League Yankees West.[12] Ken returned to the New York-Penn League as the hitting coach for the Staten Island Yankees in 2018 and 2019. He was selected to as the hitting coach for the Surprise Saguaros of the Arizona Fall League in 2019 before returning to the Eastern League with the AA Trenton Thunder in the pandemic shortened 2020 season.[13]

Ken was inducted into the University of Southern Maine Husky Hall of Fame in 1998.[14] He was also inducted into the state of Maine Baseball Hall of Fame in 2001.[15]

Managerial Record - Ken Joyce
YEAR TEAM AFFILIATION LEAGUE W L PCT.
1988 Utica Blue Sox Marlins NY-Penn 35 41 .461
1999 Utica Blue Sox Marlins NY-Penn 42 33 .560
2001 Adirondack Lumberjack Independent Northern East 26 28 .481
2004 Charleston Alley Cats Blue Jays South Atlantic 84 56 .600
2005 Lansing Lugnuts Blue Jays Midwest 70 69 .504
2006 Lansing Lugnuts Blue Jays Midwest 72 65 .526
2014 Richmond Flying Squirrels Giants Eastern 13 8 .619
342 300 .533

In the media

References

  1. Joyce, Ken. "Ken Joyce Player Card". The Baseball Cube.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Ken Joyce - BR Bullpen". www.baseball-reference.com. Retrieved 2020-10-23.
  3. "THT interview: Ken Joyce". The Hardball Times. Retrieved 2020-10-23.
  4. "Ken Joyce Minor & Independent Leagues Statistics & History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2020-10-23.
  5. "Ken Joyce - BR Bullpen". www.baseball-reference.com. Retrieved 2020-10-23.
  6. "2003 Eastern League". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2020-10-23.
  7. "2004 South Atlantic League". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2020-10-23.
  8. "MWL Manager Ken Joyce | MWLguide.com". www.mwlguide.com. Retrieved 2020-10-23.
  9. "2009 Pacific Coast League". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2020-10-23.
  10. "Helping World Series Phenom Buster Posey : Seamheads.com". seamheads.com. Retrieved 2020-10-23.
  11. Schulman, Henry (2012-07-02). "Giants' Ken Joyce is a Harper-Trout expert". SFGATE. Retrieved 2020-10-23.
  12. [email protected], Grace Raynor. "Charleston RiverDogs announce Patrick Osborn as manager for 2017 season". Post and Courier. Retrieved 2020-10-23.
  13. "Yankees Set 2020 Thunder Coaching Staff". MiLB.com. Retrieved 2020-10-23.
  14. "Ken Joyce (1998) - Hall of Fame". University of Southern Maine. Retrieved 2020-10-23.
  15. HOF, Maine Baseball (2019-08-12). "Joyce, Ken (2001)". Mebbhof50. Retrieved 2020-10-23.

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