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River Bandits Manager Best in the Minor Leagues

River Bandits Manager Chris Widger
Quad Cities River Bandits
River Bandits Manager Chris Widger

The manager of the Quad Cities River Bandits has been named the 2021 Minor League Manager of the Year by Baseball America.

During his first year in the Quad Cities, Chris Widger led the team to the best record in the High-A Central League and the league championship.

The River Bandits also ended the season with a winning record against all of the other teams in their division, and never lost a series at home.

Widger played 12 seasons in the major leagues including a stint with the Chicago White Sox when they won the World Series in 2005. He also played for the Mariners, Expos, Yankees, Cardinals, and Orioles.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.