LIMA — Chad Ehrnsberger, who guided the Lima Locos to three consecutive playoff appearances and a Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League championship in 2015, was let go by the organization after the Locos executive board decided not to renew his contract for the 2017 season.
Ehrnsberger, who posted four consecutive 20-win seasons, said the reason he was given for his dismissal was because of a difference in opinion in his managerial style. He did not want to get into the specifics other than to say he thought he had built a solid foundation and was proud of what he achieved in his time as the Locos manager.
“I want to thank all the fans, players, the city of Lima and also the Locos organization for these past four years,” he said in a statement. “I wish I could continue doing this job I love, but it is out of my control. However, I can look back with pride at what we accomplished over the past four summers, and I can say without a doubt, I feel confident that I’m leaving the organization in a better place than when I arrived.”
The Locos, other than announcing Ehrnsberger’s dismissal in a one line press release, declined further comment on the nonrenewal.
In his four-year stint as the Locos manager, Ehrnsberger, 105-49, was perhaps one of the most successful skippers the organization has had. In addition to the championship year of 2015, Ehrnsberger won three consecutive division crowns and was coming off a season where the Locos posted the best record in the GLSCL with a 28-13 mark and the Locos were one game away from capturing their second straight league title.
He was the GLSCL manager of the year in 2014 after taking the Locos to a 27-13 record and a first-place finish in the regular season.
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