Stan enters his 31st season in minor league baseball and 2nd overall season with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. He carries a 1981-1943 (.504) record in his 30 year career as a Manager. His teams have made it to six Championships and won three of the six championships. The Mississippi native was named the 2016 Atlantic League Manager of the Year after joining the New Britain Bees for their inaugural season.
At the age of 17, Stan was drafted by the California Angels in the 5th round of the 1974 Amateur Entry Draft. From there, Cliburn started his 24 year career playing for teams all across the country making his MLB debut on May 6, 1980 for the California Angels. Stan played in over 1,046 games in his professional playing career before making his way to the coaching side of the game.
Joe Walsh is set to begin his sixth season with the Blue Crabs in 2019. He serves a unique role in the Blue Crabs franchise, but a cornerstone nonetheless. He connects with the players on a personal level, and has a knack for helping them perfect their craft. Earlier in his career, Walsh worked with various AA and AAA organizations.
Daisuke Yoshida, the Blue Crabs’ 2019 third base coach is no stranger to Regency Furniture Stadium. He spent the 2009 and 2010 season as a utility player for the Blue Crabs. He is also familiar with Stan Cliburn as a manager. The two worked together for the New Britain Bees in 2017 and reunite in Southern Maryland to try to bring the squad back to winning ways. The last time the Blue Crabs appeared in an Atlantic League Championship Series was under Cliburn in 2015.
Daryl Thompson needs no introduction, his name synonymous with the Blue Crabs. The Southern Maryland native is set to begin his 8th season with the Blue Crabs, and for the first time in his career will not only be a starting pitcher, but will also serve as the team’s pitching coach. His name will forever be associated with the Atlantic League as the fireballer sits top 10 in league history in innings, wins, and strikeouts. Thompson appeared in the MLB in two seasons, 2008 and 2011.
Craig Maddox, a midseason addition to the Blue Crabs last season, returns in 2019 in a new role. In addition to being the utility player that he was last year, he will expand his versatility into the coaching realm and serve as the team’s hitting coach. In 2015, Maddox made his Atlantic League debut with the Blue Crabs and would spend the next two years in New Britain before returning back to Southern Maryland this past season. Maddox knows his way around the batters box as he is two seasons removed from a career best .306 batting average.