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Smith, Manzardo, Hernandez Collect SAL Postseason Awards

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November 9, 2022 – South Atlantic League (SAL)Bowling Green Hot Rods News Release

Bowling Green, Kentucky – Major League Baseball announced the High-A All-Stars for the 2022 season, along with postseason awards. Jeff Smith won his second-straight Manager of the Year award while first baseman Kyle Manzardo and outfielder Heriberto Hernandez were named to the South Atlantic League All-Star team.


Smith, 48, wins his second-straight Manager of the Year award with the Hot Rods after leading the club to back-to-back championships and their third title in four seasons. The Hot Rods were 78-52 in 2022 and 4-2 in the postseason, claiming the SAL crown. Smith was Baseball America’s 2007 High-A Manager of the Year and the 2009 Florida State League Manager of the Year.

Manzardo was selected as the SAL’s All-Star first baseman after slashing .329/.436/.636 with 17 homers, 55 RBIs, and an unbelievable 1.072 OPS. This comes after the Washington State product played in 63 games for the Hot Rods and was promoted to AA Montgomery in early August.

Hernandez helped lead the team on the field to the SAL championship while collecting his second ring in as many years. After a slow start to the season, Hernandez exploded in the month of August for nine home runs, helping him set the Hot Rods single-season individual record with 24 home runs, surpassing Jordan Qsar’s record which was set in 2021. Hernandez’s 89 RBIs are also a franchise record while he also batted .255 with a .867 OPS on the year.

The 2022 postseason awards mark the second consecutive year BG had two players selected for All-Star honors. In 2021, Qsar and pitcher Jacob Lopez joined Smith on the postseason All-Star list.

The 2023 season begins on April 7 on the road while the Hot Rods open their home schedule on April 11against the Rome Braves. Season tickets are on sale now and fans can secure their seats today by calling 270-901-2121, visiting the Bowling Green Ballpark box office during normal business hours, or going to www.bghotrods.com. Sponsorship opportunities for the 2023 season are also available and more information is available by calling 270-901-2121.

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