COLUMBUS ‐‐ The National Champion Columbus Clippers made history in many ways in 2011. The Clippers President and General Manager Ken Schnacke was named the International League's Executive of the Year and Mike Sarbaugh was selected the International League's Manager of the Year. For the first time in Columbus baseball history, the Clippers had both the Executive of the Year and the Manager of the Year in the same season!
Ken has been with the Clippers since their inaugural year. He was named the Clippers General Manager in the fall of 1989 and was named the I.L.'s Executive of the Year the following season. He is also the Chair of minor league baseball's licensing committee composed of all 160 teams in minor league baseball and the Chair of the marketing committee for all 30 Triple-A teams.
Sarbaugh has won championships in six of his eight years as a manager. In 2009 he was named the Best Managerial Prospect in the Eastern League by Baseball America and in 2010 received the same honor for the International League. The Clippers have won the Triple-A National Championship and the Governors' Cup both seasons that Sarbaugh has managed the club.
The Clippers have won nine Governors' Cups in 35 years which trail only the ten won by the Rochester franchise, who won their first in 1939.
The Clippers "Four Sweep" of the Governors' Cup, National Championship Game and both the Executive and Manager of the Year awards is also a first in baseball history!