By Rich Palzewic
ASHWAUBENON – The Green Bay Booyah Northwoods League baseball team announced Jan. 17 that Tom Carty has been named the new field manager for the 2019 season.
“I’m just really excited to get started in Green Bay this summer,” said Carty in a phone interview from his home base in Georgia. “I’ve been coaching college baseball for over 20 years and have sent many players to the Northwood’s League over those years. I know the talent level of the NWL, having seen players go there and get better as players and people. I was always intrigued by the league but never had the opportunity to pursue things until now. We will make the roster as solid as possible and we look forward to contending for a Northwoods League championship.”
Before Carty makes his way to Green Bay to manage the Booyah, he will return to Division I Long Island University (LIU) in Brooklyn, New York, for his third season as the team’s pitching coach and recruiting coordinator.
Before his time at LIU, Carty spent 11 years at Georgia College, with nine of those as the head coach, where the team went 311-169 during his tenure.
Georgia College advanced to seven NCAA Division II Tournaments during his reign and finished third in the nation at the Division II World Series in 2010.
Carty replaces former manager Kirk Shrider, who led the 2018 squad to a 28-44 record in the last season at Joannes Park on Green Bay’s east side.
After 12 years at Joannes, the Booyah will move into brand-new Capital Credit Union Park in Ashwaubenon, with the team’s first home game June 1.
The team changed its name from the Bullfrogs last November.
“With the process moving forward, it was clear that if I was going to take a summer to go manage, it was most exciting to do it with this ‘changing’ franchise,” Carty said. “The new stadium and everything about it is exciting – it’s going to be a lot of fun.”
Carty hasn’t spent any time in Green Bay or Wisconsin previously, but he’s excited about the change from the big city to the homier feel “Titletown” will offer.
“It’s also exciting personally for me,” noted Carty. “I have two sons and a daughter all under the age of 11, so this summer, my wife will have the chance to bring the kids up and experience a new area of the country.”
Carty grew up a Cowboys fan, but with Lambeau Field being only minutes away from Capital Credit Union Park, he might have to convert to cheering for the Green and Gold.
“With the experience of coming up there and learning about the community, I’ll make it a point to visit Lambeau for sure,” laughed Carty.
The NWL is a premier developmental league for elite college players. The 2019 season will mark the 26th season of the NWL.
More than 200 NWL players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS) and World Series Champions Ben Zobrist (CHC), Brandon Crawford (SFG) and Chris Sale (BOS).