Butch Hobson – Chicago

Butch Hobson, Chicago’s first manager in team history, led the Dogs to a fourth place finish in their inaugural 2018 season. Hobson has more than 30 years of experience in major and minor league baseball, including three seasons as manager of the Boston Red Sox.

Hobson most recently served as the manager of the Kane County Cougars, the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Low-A affiliate. Previously, he spent 18 seasons managing in independent baseball with the Atlantic League’s Lancaster Barnstormers (2011-16) and Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (2008-10), the Nashua Pride (Can-Am League 2006-07, Atlantic League 2000-05), and the Texas-Louisiana League’s Mobile BaySharks (1994), winning championships in 2014, 2007 and 2000.

The native of Tuscaloosa, Ala., also managed in affiliated baseball with the Boston, Philadelphia and New York Mets organizations.

Hobson played in the major leagues for Boston (1975-1980), California (1981) and the New York Yankees (1982), belting 30 home runs in 1977.

Year Club League Affiliate Level Record Finish Playoffs
1987 Columbia South Atlantic NYM Low-A 64-75 10th/12
1988 Columbia South Atlantic NYM Low-A 74-63 5th/12
1989 New Britain Eastern BOS AA 60-76 8th/8
1990 New Britain Eastern BOS AA 72-67 4th/8 Lost Finals
1991 Pawtucket International BOS AAA 79-64 2nd/8 Lost Finals
1992 Boston American MLB 73-89 11th/14
1993 Boston American MLB 80-82 9th/14
1994 Boston American MLB 54-61
1995 Mobile Tex.-La. Independent 40-59 8th/8
1996 Scranton International PHI AAA 70-72 3rd/10 Lost Semis
1999 Saratosa Florida State BOS High-A 67-72 9th/14
2000 Nashua Atlantic Independednt 82-58 T-1st/8 League Champions
2001 Nashua Atlantic Independednt 68-58 3rd/8 Lost Semis
2002 Nashua Atlantic Independednt 54-71 7th/8
2003 Nashua Atlantic Independednt 71-55 3rd/8 Lost Finals
2004 Nashua Atlantic Independednt 65-61 T-5th/8 Lost Semis
2005 Nashua Atlantic Independednt 78-62 T-3rd/8 Lost Finals
2006 Nashua Can-Am Independednt 40-48 7th/8
2007 Nashua Can-Am Independednt 50-43 3d/10 League Champions
2008 South Maryland Atlantic Independednt 74-66 T-1st/8
2009 South Maryland Atlantic Independednt 79-61 2nd/8 Lost Finals
2010 South Maryland Atlantic Independednt 82-57 2nd/8 Lost Semis
2011 Lancaster Atlantic Independednt 69-56 3rd/8 Lost Semis
2012 Lancaster Atlantic Independednt 88-52 1st/8 Lost Finals
2013 Lancaster Atlantic Independednt 72-67 3rd/8
2014 Lancaster Atlantic Independednt 81-59 2nd/8 League Champions
2015 Lancaster Atlantic Independednt 75-65 3rd/8 Lost Semis
2016 Lancaster Atlantic Independednt 67-73 6th/8
2017 Kane County Midwest ARI Low-A 72-65 T-5th/16 Lost Quarters
2018 Chicago American Association Independent 45-54 8th/12