Joe Calfapietra – Kansas City


Joe Calfapietra 
the American Association Manager of the Year begins his third season with the T-Bones after leading the team to a league championship and a five-game improvement in 2018, marking the first back-to-back winning seasons in franchise history.

Calfapietra spent 14 seasons as manager of the New Jersey Jackals of the Can-Am League. Only four of those 14 teams did not reach the postseason. The Jackals won the league championship in 2004, at the end of Calfapietra’s second season in New Jersey, and then his teams reached the league championship series in five consecutive seasons, 2011-15. In 2016, the Jackals went 62-38, before losing in the first round of the Can-Am playoffs.

Calfapietra started his coaching career in 1994, when the T-Bones were in Duluth, Minn., and were known as the Dukes. In 2002, Calfapietra was the first-ever manager of the Gary SouthShore RailCats, where he was the league manager of the year, before starting with New Jersey the following season.

Year Club League Affiliate Level Record Place Playoffs
2000 Allentown Northern Independent 41-43 5th/8 Lost Semifinals
2001 Allentown Northern Independent 43-47 5th/6
2002 Gary SouthShore Northern Independent 35-55 10th/10
2003 New Jersey Northeast Independent 52-37 1st/8 Lost Semifinals
2004 New Jersey Northeast Independent 54-39 4th/8 League Champions
2005 New Jersey Can-Am Independent 48-44 5th/8
2006 New Jersey Can-Am Independent 43-48 5th/8
2007 New Jersey Can-Am Independent 49-44 4th/10 Lost Semifinals
2008 New Jersey Can-Am Independent 43-51 6th/8
2009 New Jersey Can-Am Independent 55-39 2nd/8 Lost Semifinals
2010 New Jersey Can-Am Independent 42-50 4th/6 Lost Semifinals
2011 New Jersey Can-Am Independent 57-36 2nd/8 Lost Finals
2012 New Jersey Can-Am Independent 59-41 2nd/5 Lost Finals
2013 New Jersey Can-Am Independent 55-44 2nd/5 Lost Finals
2014 New Jersey Can-Am Independent 55-41 2nd/4 Lost Finals
2015 New Jersey Can-Am Independent 55-43 3rd/6 Lost Finals
2016 New Jersey Can-Am Independent 62-38 1st/6 Lost Semifinals
2017 Kansas City American Association Independent 57-43 T-4th/12
2018 Kansas City American Association Independent 62-37 2nd/12 League Champions