Butch Hobson

Manager Butch Hobson has been in uniform almost continuously since beginning his professional baseball career in 1973.

The game has taken him to lofty heights as a Major League player and a Major League manager. Signed by the Boston Red Sox out of the University of Alabama in 1973, Hobson debuted in the American League in September, 1975 and was an everyday third baseman for the Sox by the 1976 All-Star break.

In 1977, Hobson put together his best season, clubbing 30 homers and driving in 112 runs. Two years later, he added 28 more long balls and 93 RBI for the Sox. Eventually, over seven big league seasons, he cranked 98 homers and knocked home 397 while batting .248.

His playing career ended as a Triple-A third baseman with the Yankees in 1985. By 1987, he began the managerial phase of his career, heading up the New York Mets’ Class A team in Columbia, SC. Two years later, he found his way back to the Red Sox, taking over their Class AA Eastern League affiliate in New Britain, CT.

Three years later, he was in Boston and ended up running his old club from 1992 through the strike-shortened 1994 season, winning 207 games as a big league skipper.

His managerial career took him to the Philadelphia Phillies organization and eventually back to the Boston minor league system.

Then, he became involved with a young, independent league, joining the Atlantic League's Nashua Pride in 2000. He won a pennant his first season, and, in ten other seasons he has taken eight teams to the playoffs, four more to the finals and has amassed four Manager of the Year honors (2001, 2005, 2008, 2012).

Between Hobson's two stints in this league, he stayed in Nashua for two more years, winning the 2007 Cam-Am title and another Manager of the Year award.

Under his direction, Butch Hobson's Lancaster Barnstormers have seen unprecedented success. His 2012 team set a new Atlantic League record by winning 88 games, leading up to the Atlantic League Championship Series where they fell inches short of the title.

Rich Rundles
Pitching Coach

Rich Rundles began to make the change late in the 2013 season. With his surgically repaired knee beginning to become a problem again and a strong desire to remain in the game of baseball, Rundles had the opportunity to jump into the role of pitching coach on an interim basis.  His work, albeit on a short-term basis, was a success, and the Tennessee-born lefty was ready for the full conversion to the coaching staff.

Rundles, now 32, reached the Major Leagues for eight appearances with the Cleveland Indians, his fifth organization, in 2008 and returned for one more outing in 2009.  In six total Major League innings, the southpaw allowed only one run.  Following his time with the Indians, Rundles headed to the St. Louis Cardinals organization.  In his two seasons with Class AAA Memphis, Rundles posted an 8-4 record in 91 appearances with a 2.73 ERA.

In his first stint with the Barnstormers, Rundles went 2-1 and posted a 3.02 ERA over eight starts with in 2012 before being signed by the Baltimore Orioles.  Rundles however injured his knee in his fourth appearance with the Class AAA Norfolk Tides and was shelved for the remainder of that season.

One year later, the southpaw returned to Lancaster and earned Atlantic League Pitcher of the Month honors for July, going 3-0 with a 0.98 ERA in five starts and throwing 25 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run.  A recurrence of the knee ailment hampered his performance later in the season and ultimately pushed him to hang up his cleats.

Stan Cliburn
Hitting Coach

Cliburn, 57, has won 1,387 games while managing in three different Major League organizations as well as the Texas-Louisiana League and American Association. The Mississippi native spent ten seasons (2000-09) as a minor league skipper with the Minnesota Twins, including an 87-win campaign with Class AA New Britain in 2001. His clubs won at least 70 games in each of the last seven of those years.

The former catcher has also piloted farm clubs for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Texas Rangers.

Over the last three seasons, Cliburn has managed the Sioux Falls Canaries of the American Association. Now, he joins forces with Hobson in Cliburn's first venture into the Atlantic League

Cliburn spent 14 seasons in the minor leagues with the Pirates, Angels and Atlanta Braves. He reached the big leagues in 1980, appearing in 54 games for the Angels. He batted .179 with two homers and six RBI. His home runs came off long-time big league lefties Ross Grimsley and Jerry Koosman.