12/19/2018 8:01 AM
CLEBURNE, Texas (Nov. 9, 2018) – The Cleburne Railroaders announced Friday that Josh Robertson has been named Director of Baseball Operations ahead of the 2019 season. Robertson brings more than two decades of professional baseball experience to Cleburne, and will be directly involved with player personnel decisions for the upcoming campaign.
“I’m excited for the opportunity the new ownership has given me to work with many new faces and some familiar ones,” Robertson said. “The chance to contribute to a winning culture will be a fun one, and I think Railroaders fans will enjoy the product we put on the field each night.”
Robertson, 43, comes to Johnson County after helping construct one of minor league baseball’s winningest organizations while with the Wichita Wingnuts, piling up an American Associationrecord seven straight division titles. In eleven seasons of play, the Wingnuts boasted a record of 678-459, including 28-23 in the postseason, giving them a .596 winning percentage overall that stands as the best in all professional baseball since 2008. All told, under Robertson the Wingnuts secured a league-record eight division titles, reached the Championship Series in five of six years, and won the 2014 American Association Championship.
Robertson is largely responsible for the sale of 42 players to Major League organizations, including three active big leaguers in David Peralta, Junior Guerra, and James Hoyt. Hoyt and outfielder John Rodriguez have both won World Series titles in addition to suiting up for the Wingnuts. The native Wichitan not only led the Wingnuts front office as President/General Manager since the franchise’s inception in 2008, but also spent eight seasons as the Assistant General Manager and one as Co-General Manager for the former Kansas City Royals Double-A team, the Wichita Wranglers.
On top of his role in player acquisition and development, Robertson also oversaw three major renovations to the former home of the Wingnuts franchise, historic Lawrence-Dumont Stadium. He is the oldest of four brothers, including former Major League pitcher Nate Robertson. Robertson resides in Wichita with his wife, Monica, and daughters Klara and Layla.
The 3rd season of Railroaders baseball and the club’s pursuit of its first division title kicks off with a four-game home series against the Sioux Falls Canaries, beginning on Thursday, May 16. For information on partnerships, season tickets, group outings, and party packages, call the Railroaders main office at (817) 945-8705, or visit the Railroaders official website at www.railroaderbaseball.com.
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