"I've long said I had the best job in baseball:" Miners Manager, League Pres. react to news of team leaving Marion

Oct 07, 2021 364

BY: Kenzie Dillow

The Southern Illinois Miners have played their last game in Marion. The team's owners, John and Jayne Simmons, announced they will retire from league ownership. Mike Pinto has been the manager of the team since its inception in 2007. He has lead the team to a league championship and numerous division titles. 

"I've long said I had the best job in baseball and I meant it. Now I don't have that anymore. I guess I'm going to focus on, rather than being sad it's gone, I'm gonna be glad it happened." Pinto says he will miss the fans, of whom many have become friends. "We played so well at home. It was certainly having an extra man on the field. They were so good at supporting us and making the guys feel special. And so thanks to the fans. I'll miss so many of them, so many of them became friends."

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