The best team in greater Houston was certainly not the Hapless Astros of the American League but the Sugar Land Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League.
Yesterday, the Atlantic League announced today that Skeeters Manager Gary Gaetti was named the 2013 Atlantic League Manager of the Year. Along with Gaetti’s managerial honors, Skeeters infielder Aaron Bates, outfielder Adam Godwin and catcher Travis Scott were First-Team Atlantic League selections. Additionally, catcher Koby Clemens and right-handed pitcher Gary Majewski were named to the Second-Team Atlantic League roster for the 2013 season.
In his second season at managing Sugar Land, Gaetti led the Skeeters to an all-time Atlantic League-best 95-45 record (.679). The team clinched its first-ever Atlantic League playoff berth in late June, claiming the First Half Freedom Division title, prior to going 48-22 in the second half. The Skeeters went on to face the Somerset Patriots in the Freedom Division Championship this September and despite dropping the series, the club secured its place in Atlantic League history by surpassing Lancaster’s single-season win record of 88 victories in 2012.
“It’s a great honor to receive this award but it’s certainly not something I can receive on my own,” said Gaetti. “I have to share the recognition with my coaching staff because it says a lot about the team we had this year. This is one of the best groups I’ve been around in my baseball career and I’m just honored to be associated with it.”