Shoemaker's career in professional baseball began in 1977, when the Dodgers drafted him in the 35th round out of Miami (OH) University. Shoemaker played four seasons before logging 22 seasons as a minor league manager, eight as a hitting coach and five as an instructor, all in the Dodgers organization. His 1996 Savannah club won the South Atlantic League championship, while his 2001 and 2005 Jacksonville clubs claimed Southern League crowns. Shoemaker was named Southern League Manager of the Year in 2001 and 2006 and has a 1363-1328 (.507) record as a minor league manager.
"On behalf of the Dodger organization, I would like to commend John Shoemaker on winning the Mike Coolbaugh Award," said former Dodgers manager and current Special Advisor to the Chairman Tommy Lasorda. "I have known 'Shoe' for a long time and I can say without a doubt that he is one of the hardest workers I know. He continues to leave a great impression on the young ballplayers in the organization and I couldn't be prouder of him on all of his accomplishments."
"Each year, we recognize one individual who exemplifies the principles and values that Mike represented both on and off the playing field, and John is certainly deserving of this recognition," said Pat O'Conner, Minor League Baseball president and chief executive officer. "I am honored that we are able to pay tribute to Mike's legacy through this award, and on behalf of Minor League Baseball, I congratulate John on being selected as this year's recipient."
PREVIOUS MIKE COOLBAUGH AWARD WINNERS
2008 Bobby Jones, Texas Rangers
2009 Charlie Montoyo, Tampa Bay Rays
2010 Woody Huyke, GCL Pirates
2011 Mike Jirschele, Omaha Storm Chasers
2012 Johnny Goryl, Cleveland Indians
2013 Mike Guerrero, Nashville Sounds
2014 Tom Wiedenbauer, Cleveland Indians
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