2019 Head Coach – Joe Martinez
The Miners are excited to introduce Jose (Joe) Martinez as the Head Coach for the upcoming 2019 summer baseball season.
Joe comes to the Miners after a one-year stint as the head coach of the Utica (NY) Blue Sox of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League.
In 2018, Joe’s team finished with a 25-21 record. Under Joe’s leadership, the Blue Sox placed five players on the PGCBL All Star team and a host of players on the PGCBL All League list at the conclusion of the season. Joe’s team finished third in the PGCBL in team batting average and finished the year with the most single-season “walk off” wins in Blue Sox history.
Joe has served in numerous capacities with the Bullets Baseball organization since 2009, including Vice President of Player Development, Head Coach, and 16u and 18u Scout. Accomplishments include:
- 97% of players commit to college or university baseball programs
- 2015 IBC World Series Champions
- Program consistently in state and national rankings
Joe has additionally served as the head instructor and assistant coach at the Frozen Ropes Baseball Academy, owner/operator of the Scorpion Baseball Academy, and assistant coach/hitting instructor in the Tidewater College Summer League.
As a professional player, Joe played in the AA Puerto Rico Winter League (1995-1996) and in the Detroit Tigers organization for two seasons.
Joe played college baseball at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, earning All Conference recognition both seasons and being voted Team Captain and MVP by his teammates. Joe hit a smooth .435 in his first season and .465 in his second season.
Joe currently resides in Tampa, Florida, with his family.
2019 Pitching Coach – Rowdy Yates
Rowdy retired as an Army Colonel, with 35 years of service in 2014. Most of his time in the military was spent with US Special Operations units. Rowdy used his time in the service to continue being involved in the game of baseball. He spent 2 years as a High School baseball coach in California, as well as a player-coach in the prestigious NorCal Semi Pro League. He also played and managed in the Ozarks Semi-Pro baseball League for three years. Rowdy has been affiliated with several MLB clubs, including the Pirates, Reds and Devil Rays for the last 25 years, primarily as a Scout. Currently he is a Associate Scout for the Atlanta Braves in the state of Arkansas.
Rowdy is single and currently resides in Prairie Grove, AR, where he scouts baseball and is a part-time lecturer at the University of Arkansas.
2019 Bench Coach – Ben Julian
The Miners are pleased to welcome Ben Julian for the upcoming 2019 season as the Bench Coach.
Ben has been a college coach in New York for the past six years. He spent three years at Mohawk Valley Community College as the Pitching Coach, before heading to Utica College as the Assistant Pitching Coach and more recently as their Hitting Coach.
Ben spent last summer as the Bench Coach for the Utica Blue Sox of the Perfect Game League, under Joe Martinez.
In 2016, Ben was the Manager of the Adirondack Trailblazers of the Perfect Game League. He was previously the Pitching Coach for the Utica Cobras of the New York Collegiate League.
Ben played collegiately at New Jersey Institute of Technology on an athletic scholarship, Mohawk Valley Community College and Cazenovia College. He also played in the New York Collegiate League for the Rome Indians.
Born and raised in Utica, NY, Ben has been a paralegal for the past ten years. He is moving to Florida upon the conclusion of the season in order to further pursue his coaching career.