Mallards hire former major league catcher as manager

Scott won Northwoods title with Battle Creek in 2011
Mallards hire former major league catcher as manager

The Madison Mallards have hired a manager from an archrival in the Northwoods League in an effort to find a leader to get them back to the playoffs.

Donnie Scott was named the new manager of the Madison Mallards Sunday.

He is a former major league catcher and longtime minor league manager who led the Battle Creek Bombers to the Northwoods league title in 2011, his only year in the league.

“I would like to thank team Owner Steve Schmitt, President Vern Stenman and General Manager Conor Caloia for this tremendous opportunity to manage the Madison Mallards of the Northwoods League,” said Scott. “It is very exciting to know I will be managing in such a great atmosphere in which the Mallards and their fans have created. It is a class organization and I am really looking forward to being a part of it.”

Scott was a second round selection of the Texas Rangers in the 1979 amateur draft. He spent parts of four seasons in the major leagues with the Texas Rangers, Seattle Mariners and the Cincinnati Reds between 1983 and 1991. After retiring in 1991, Scott accepted a coaching position in the Reds organization that led to roles as a Manager, Field Coordinator, Catching Coordinator and Instructor over 17 seasons.

Scott replaces Greg Labbe, whose contract was not renewed after two seasons with the Mallards.

Scott hopes to get the Mallards out of a playoff drought. They haven’t the playoffs since 2008.