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.

Hobson has overseen a "Golden Era" in Barnstormers baseball, taking three of four teams to the playoffs, including last year's championship club, and amassing 310 wins against only 234 losses in those four years.

The Alabama native came to the Atlantic League in 2000, leading the Nashua Pride to the league championship. He has taken nine other teams to the league's post-season and has made five more trips to the championship series. No team has had a losing record in either half of the season since Hobson returned to the Atlantic League with Southern Maryland in 2008. Four times, he has garnered Atlantic League Manager of the Year honors.

With his success in Lancaster, Hobson begins the 2015 season with 1,729 regular season wins under his belt as a professional manager.

He currently resides in Bakersfield, CA with his wife, Kristine and youngest daughter, Olivia. One of Hobson's seven children, K.C., is a prospect in the Toronto Blue Jays organization.

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 33, 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.

Under Rundles' tutelage, the Barnstormers pitching staff pieced together a 3.12 ERA during the second half of the 2014 season, his first in a coaching role. That ERA dropped to 2.69 for Lancaster's trip through the playoffs en route to the club's second championship.

Rundles resides in the Knoxville, TN area with his wife and two children. His father, the long-time head baseball coach at Carson-Newman, now serves as the head coach at West Alabama in the D-II Gulf South Conference.