TRAVERSE CITY — In an instant, the Traverse City Beach Bums are without a manager.
Gregg Langbehn, who has guided the Beach Bums for the last five seasons, was offered and accepted a position this morning with the Cleveland Indians at the Major League level.
Langbehn will serve in a new role for the Indians as the entire league embraces expanded usage of instant replay. He'll be the franchise's Major League Replay Coordinator.
"It's a new experience with Major League Baseball with the replay system that is going to be in place for this season," Langbehn said.
Langbehn was the 2012 and 2013 East All-Star team manager.
Langbehn started with the Beach Bums in November 2008 after managing in the Houston Astros organization. During his five seasons as manager of the Beach Bums, he compiled a 267-212 record. He coached more games and has won more games than any other manager in Beach Bums history, while leading the team to three playoff appearances, including a trip to the 2010 championship series. In 2012, Langbehn led Traverse City to the club’s best season and the third most wins in Frontier League history with a 64-32 record. That earned him Frontier League Manager of the Year honors.
"I'm truly looking forward to the challenges of the replay system that is in place," Langbehn said. "It's going to constantly evolve and be fun and exciting for Major League Baseball."
Major League Baseball’s 30 clubs unanimously approved expanded instant replay during the Jan. 16 owners meetings in Paradise Valley, Ariz.
Managers will have at least one challenge to use. If any portion of a challenged play is overturned, the manager will retain the ability to challenge one more play in that game. Once the manager has exhausted his challenges during the game and after the beginning of the seventh inning, the crew chief may choose to use instant replay on any reviewable call. Home run and other boundary calls will remain reviewable under the procedures in place last season.