Rick Forney

Rick Forney, born October 24th, 1971 in Annapolis, Maryland, enters his 12th season as Winnipeg Goldeyes’ manager, and his 21st overall with the organization.  During his first 11 years as manager, Forney has guided Winnipeg to an overall record of 595-486 (.550), nine winning seasons, eight playoff appearances, and American Association championships in 2012 and 2016.  Since Forney took over as manager in 2006, the Goldeyes have sold the contracts of 27 players to Major League organizations.

The Goldeyes are 339-260 since joining the American Association in 2011, and Forney’s .566 winning percentage over that time period is the third-best in league history (there have been 43 total American Association managers through the 2016 season).

In 2016, Forney became the longest tenured manager in Goldeyes’ history, and guided the team to its second American Association championship in five years.  During an 11-1 win at Sioux City on June 7th, Forney managed his 1,000th Goldeyes game.

Forney achieved two other managerial milestones during the 2015 season.  On June 16th, Forney notched his 500th win as Goldeyes’ skipper with an extra inning victory versus the St. Paul Saints.  On August 11th, a ninth-inning, walk-off home run versus the Sioux Falls Canaries provided Forney with his 524th managerial win, surpassing his former manager and mentor Hal Lanier for the franchise record.

Forney enjoyed a 10-year playing career from 1991-2000 in which he was 89-56 (.614) with a 3.63 ERA in 204 professional games, 195 of them as a starting pitcher.  Forney recorded 1,050 strikeouts in 1,221.0 innings, while walking just 363 and allowing only 102 home runs. From 1997-2000, Forney established himself as one of the greatest pitchers in Goldeyes’ history, setting numerous major pitching records that stood for more than a decade.

Forney was drafted by his hometown Baltimore Orioles as a 26th-round pick in 1991 out of Anne Arundel Community College.  Shortly after being drafted, Forney’s professional career immediately took off with a 7-0 record and 2.19 ERA for the Orioles’ Rookie level Gulf Coast League affiliate.  The following season, Forney posted a 2.48 ERA in 123.1 innings for the Low-A Midwest League’s Kane County Cougars.  Forney continued to progress in 1993, winning 14 games with a 2.78 ERA for the High-A Carolina League’s Frederick Keys.  Forney spent the majority of the next two seasons pitching at the Double-A level with the Eastern League’s Bowie Baysox, including a 13-win campaign in 1994 that saw Forney toss a perfect game.  Forney reached the Triple-A level in 1995, making three starts for the International League’s Rochester Red Wings.

Forney first appeared in the independent ranks in 1996 for the Texas-Louisiana League’s Lubbock Crickets.  After going 9-7 for Lubbock, Forney signed with the Goldeyes in 1997 and compiled a 31-13 record for Winnipeg over the next three years.  Forney earned a second chance with a Major League organization in 1999 when his contract was purchased by the Atlanta Braves.  Forney was assigned to Double-A Greenville (Southern League) where he pitched to a 2.99 ERA in 12 starts.

Forney returned to the Goldeyes in 2000 in a dual role as player/pitching coach, and transitioned into a full-time pitching coach midway through the year.  In six years as Goldeyes’ pitching coach (2000-05), Forney saw 12 of his pitchers signed by Major League clubs.

During his four years as a Goldeyes pitcher, Forney established club records for wins (33—surpassed by three others), strikeouts (313—surpassed by two others), games started (55—surpassed by three others), and innings pitched (367.0—surpassed by four others).  Three times, Forney was named to Baseball America’s All-Independent Team and was selected to two Northern League All-Star Games.

Rick resides in Walkersville, Maryland with his wife Erika and their four children; David, Chris, Rebekah, and Erik.

 

 

Rick Forney’s Professional Baseball Experience

Playing Experience:
1991 GCL Orioles, Gulf Coast League, R
1992 Kane County Cougars, Midwest League, A
1993 Frederick Keys, Carolina League, A+; Bowie Baysox, Eastern League, AA
1994 Bowie Baysox, Eastern League, AA
1995 Bowie Baysox, Eastern League, AA; Rochester Red Wings, International League, AAA
1996 Lubbock Crickets, Texas-Louisiana League, Ind.
1997 Winnipeg Goldeyes, Northern League, Ind.
1998 Winnipeg Goldeyes, Northern League, Ind.
1999 Greenville Braves, Southern League, AA; Winnipeg Goldeyes, Northern League, Ind.
2000 Winnipeg Goldeyes, Northern League, Ind.

Coaching/Managerial Experience:
2000 Winnipeg Goldeyes, Northern League, Ind. (Pitching Coach) – 4.48 Team ERA (2nd)
2001 Winnipeg Goldeyes, Northern League, Ind. (Pitching Coach) – 4.40 Team ERA (5th)
2002 Winnipeg Goldeyes, Northern League, Ind. (Pitching Coach) – 3.39 Team ERA (2nd)
2003 Winnipeg Goldeyes, Northern League, Ind. (Pitching Coach) – 3.29 Team ERA (1st)
2004 Winnipeg Goldeyes, Northern League, Ind. (Pitching Coach) – 4.32 Team ERA (4th)
2005 Winnipeg Goldeyes, Northern League, Ind. (Pitching Coach) – 4.16 Team ERA (4th)
2006 Winnipeg Goldeyes, Northern League, Ind. (Manager) – 52-44, .542 (2nd overall)
2007 Winnipeg Goldeyes, Northern League, Ind. (Manager) – 52-43, .547 (3rd overall)
2008 Winnipeg Goldeyes, Northern League, Ind. (Manager) – 51-45, .531 (3rd overall)
2009 Winnipeg Goldeyes, Northern League, Ind. (Manager) – 55-41, .573 (2nd overall)
2010 Winnipeg Goldeyes, Northern League, Ind. (Manager) – 46-53, .465 (6th overall)
2011 Winnipeg Goldeyes, American Association, Ind. (Manager) – 60-40, .600 (2nd overall, North Division champions)
2012 Winnipeg Goldeyes, American Association, Ind. (Manager) – 55-45, .550 (3rd overall, Wild Card, American Association champions)
2013 Winnipeg Goldeyes, American Association, Ind. (Manager) – 56-44, .560 (4th overall)
2014 Winnipeg Goldeyes, American Association, Ind. (Manager) – 63-37, .630 (2nd overall, North Division champions)
2015 Winnipeg Goldeyes, American Association, Ind. (Manager) – 47-52, .475 (7th overall)
2016 Winnipeg Goldeyes, American Association, Ind. (Manager) – 58-42, .580 (3rd overall, Wild Card, American Association champions)