Toronto Nomads assistant GM Bart Cartier was given his pink slip today, as the front office announced several changes amongst the organization’s front office and coaching staff.
Two other mid-season departures were announced, including A-level London Bluebirds manager Rory Sharpe, and short season A-level Killam Cyclones manager Joey Murphy.
Sharpe, who had spent his entire managerial career as the field manager for London, accumulating a record of 231-236 and with just one playoff appearance to show for his efforts, was rumored to be especially angered at the sudden mid-season firing.
The Winnipeg native had a reputation for being temperamental, which in his case stymied his attempts as success. Despite his temper, he was well-liked by some of the younger players on the Bluebirds roster.
Murphy took his release in stride. It’s likely he saw the writing on the wall after spending five and a half seasons in Killam, and putting together a record of 120-191.
The club also announced a very surprising change, shipping bench coach Shawn Sharp down to rookie-level Ft. Lauderdale Nomads in the Florida Rookie League, to become that club’s new pitching coach, replacing Dan DeMarais who was let go.
Sharp, 61, had originally been the pitching coach for the Toronto club back when it was still called the Ducks, in 2007, and made the playoffs that year. He was sent down to be the pitching coach for the Brampton Longhorns for the next 8 years before being brought back as the bench coach. He was said to be pleased to be back as a pitching coach, even at such a low level.
Pitching coach Jared Munson was promoted from Killam to the London Bluebirds, replacing Martin Matson, who also got promoted up to AA-level Kitchener Oilmen, where he will remain in the pitching coach role.
Kitchener’s previous pitching coach, former Richmond Ravens starter Dick Dixon, will move to down to the A-level Bluebirds to replace departing manager Rory Sharpe.
The 2017 Cow League championship Brampton Longhorns, the Nomads AAA-level affiliate, escaped any front office changes. For now.
With the holes opened up on Killam at the manager and pitching coach jobs, and the bench coach position with the Nomads, rumors are swirling about possible replacements. Insiders say the Nomads have talked to Key West native Joe Walker, 61, as a potential candidate for the Nomads bench coach role. Former Surrey Rage manager Bob Gauthier is said to be talking to the club about the manager spot with Killam, while former Savannah Salts and Miami Snow pitching coach is said to be in talks for that role at Killam.