Jeff Milene figures his time is up.
After managing the Rochester Royals Class B amateur baseball team for 11 years, he has begun searching for a replacement. With two children (2-year-old, 17-month-old) at home and a third due in February, Milene looks forward to spending more time at home and less at the ball park.
"My wife says it's fine if I keep doing it, but I know what it's like when I'm at home with two kids. Now we're adding another," Milene said. "I'd rather be home than at the baseball field. That has nothing to do with my love for the game or that I'm burnt out -- I'm not. That's why it's a hard decision."
The Royals were 363-94 (.794) under Milene; 38-20 in state tournaments. Milene's Royals won one state championship, were runners-up four times, and third place twice. Over his 11 seasons the Royals failed to make the state tournament once, in 1997.
Dan Hoefs, a longtime amateur player at Arlington, has been the Royals pitching coach since 2000. Milene is attempting to persuade Hoefs to accept the managerialship.
"The only reason it's not 100 percent that I'm stepping down is I have to find somebody else to do it," Milene said. "No. 1, it's a volunteer position so it's not like people are lining up. No. 2, it's a lot of work.
"I definitely enjoy it and would still do most of the work it takes to keep the ball rolling, but I'd be able to stay home 45 or 50 more times with family rather than being at the baseball field."
Royals designated hitter Dave Adams (12-for-28, .428, eight RBIs), second baseman Travis Krahn (9-for-32, .281), left fielder Josh Hinson (12-for-28, .428, two home runs, eight RBIs) and pitcher Andy Larson (25 innings pitched, six earned runs) all were named to the Class B state amateur baseball tournament team.
Rochester native Michael Restovich made his first appearance since being called up by the Twins earlier this week. Restovich pinch-hit in the eighth inning Wednesday against Baltimore. He flew out to right field.
Like Restovich, Austin native Michael Wuertz was a September call-up for the Chicago Cubs. Wuertz threw 1 1/3 hitless innings for the Cubs against Montreal on Tuesday, striking out two and walking one, before giving way to former Twins reliever LaTroy Hawkins.
Gary Addington, Rochester's supervisor of athletics, was recently asked his views on the future of high school athletics. "I would say that I have some concerns," Addington said. "Things have changed dramatically, particularly in the last six to eight years. I don't know to what degree my concern is justified.
"In one sense, maybe this is the time for me to step away from it because what I see in a lot of cases happening is philosophically contradicts what I believe. And I don't see these indirections changing. To be honest, that was part of my decision (to retire). Maybe I've become a dinosaur."
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