The two-year-old Rockland Boulders of the Canadian-American Association of Professional Baseball are looking for a new manager.
Team President Ken Lehner says manager Dave LaPoint will not return as manager for the 2013 season. LaPoint managed the Boulders for the new team's first two seasons, playing at Provident Bank Park in Pomona.
“As an expansion franchise in any sport in any league, the first few seasons are always the toughest,” Lehner said. “We greatly appreciate all Dave has done to help us build a foundation for continued success.”
LaPoint was at the helm for the team's inaugural home opener on June 16, 2011, at Provident Bank Park, which resulted in a 3-1 Rockland victory in front of 6,317 fans. The team has its best run with a pair of six-game winning streaks in July 2012.
He had a record of 88-104 in his two seasons with the Boulders.
LaPoint's contract with the Boulders is set to expire at the end of December, and Lehner said the team would not be extending an offer for the 2013 season.
“He will always have his place as the first manager in our history,” Lehner said. “He made himself available to our fans and media and has always conducted himself as the true professional we know him to be. We’re confident that he will continue the devotion he’s shown to the sport of baseball and we all wish him the best in his future endeavors.
In his 12-year career in the majors, which was highlighted by his 1982 World Series title with the Cardinals, LaPoint accumulated 80 career victories with a 4.02 earned run average for a total of nine different franchises between 1980 and 1991. His managerial career has encompassed stints with the Adirondack Lumberjacks, Bridgeport Bluefish, and Long Island Ducks, in addition to Rockland.