The news that Tim Wallach, Jim Slaton, and John Moses were coming back to Albuquerque next season was a great Christmas gift for ‘Topes fans, since not only are all three great coaches, but they’re also great guys who work great together.
It’s never easy being a manager at Triple-A, but Wallach did a phenominal job in his first season, earning accolades like PCL Manager of the Year and Best Manager Prospect by Baseball America. This speaks as much to Tim’s baseball acumen as it does his personality, as his even-keel demeanor continually kept players focused and motivated despite a long season’s worth of distractions. Plus, he almost immediately established a great rapport with Isotopes fans and media.
Of course, Tim relied heavily on Slaton and Moses, who each did a great job with the team’s pitchers and hitters, respectively. Isotopes pitchers last season posted the lowest team ERA in team history, while ‘Topes hitters continued to pound the ball.
All of us here at the ballpark are extremely thankful that all three are coming back!