Dennis Holmberg

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Biographical Information[edit]

Dennis Holmberg was drafted by the Montreal Expos in 58th round of the 1969 amateur draft. He didn't sign, and was drafted in the 5th round the next January by the Milwaukee Brewers. He played eight seasons in the Brewers' organization. He began his professional career with the 1970 Newark Co-Pilots, hitting .262/~.402/.350 while splitting his time between third base and the outfield. In 1971, he was a part-time third baseman with the Danville Warriors and batted .220/~.357/.396, showing good walk ability and power (9 HR in 182 AB) but not enough contact. The walks and power helped him remain in the system and in '72, Holmberg hit only .203/~.315/.308 with the San Antonio Brewers. In 1973, Dennis put up a .291/~.395/.455 line in 20 games with Danville but just .162/~.263/.214 for the Shreveport Captains.

At age 23, Dennis played the full year at Danville and hit .246/~.362/.417 while continuing to split time between third and the outfield. In 1975, Holmberg hammered out a career-high 15 homers and drove in 65 for the Burlington Bees. His home run total was third in the Midwest League behind the legendary Moe Hill and minor league star Willie Aikens. Holmberg also led third baseman in the MWL with 38 errors, for a .881 fielding percentage. Pedro Guerrero beat him out as the league's All-Star 3B.

In 1976, Dennis returned to Burlington and hit .299/~.402/.500 but did not play enough to qualify for the batting title and Art Fischetti beat him out for the All-Star nod at third. Holmberg completed his playing career with the 1977 Holyoke Millers by hitting .186/~.222/.256 in 16 games.

After his playing career ended, he became a longtime member of the Toronto Blue Jays organization. Holmberg began his managerial career in the Brewers chain with the Newark Co-Pilots in 1977. He moved to the Blue Jays chain as coach of the Dunedin Blue Jays in 1978, then manager of the Medicine Hat Blue Jays in 1979. He jumped to the Kinston Eagles in 1980, then managed the Florence Blue Jays from 1981 to 1984. He was a coach for the Syracuse Chiefs in 1985 and manager of Medicine Hat in 1986. Holmberg coached the Dunedin Blue Jays from 1987 to 1989, then managed the club from 1990 to 1993. He moved to the major leagues as the Blue Jays bullpen coach in 1994 and 1995. He returned to Dunedin yet again as manager in 1996-1997 and coach in 1998-2001. He managed the Auburn Doubledays of the New York-Penn League from 2002-2010, leading the team to the best record in the league in 2003 and 2004. Holmberg then managed the Bluefield Blue Jays in 2011-2017.

In 2005, the Milwaukee Brewers drafted Kenny Holmberg, Dennis' son in the 22nd round.

In 1985, when Holmberg was a coach for the Syracuse Chiefs, his wife Diane was driving with their two kids when a teenage kid hit the car. Diane has been in a vegetable state to this day. The family still visits her in Norwalk, CT regularly.

Sources: 1971-1978 Baseball Guides

Year-By-Year Minor League Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1977 Newark Co-Pilots New York-Penn League 43-29 4th Milwaukee Brewers
1979 Medicine Hat Blue Jays Pioneer League 27-42 4th Toronto Blue Jays
1980 Kinston Eagles Carolina League 69-69 6th Toronto Blue Jays
1981 Florence Blue Jays South Atlantic League 66-72 6th Toronto Blue Jays
1982 Florence Blue Jays South Atlantic League 77-64 3rd Toronto Blue Jays Lost League Finals
1983 Florence Blue Jays South Atlantic League 71-72 5th Toronto Blue Jays
1984 Florence Blue Jays South Atlantic League 65-73 8th Toronto Blue Jays
1986 Medicine Hat Blue Jays Pioneer League 24-46 6th Toronto Blue Jays
1990 Dunedin Blue Jays Florida State League 84-52 3rd Toronto Blue Jays Lost in 1st round
1991 Dunedin Blue Jays Florida State League 59-72 12th Toronto Blue Jays
1992 Dunedin Blue Jays Florida State League 78-59 2nd Toronto Blue Jays Lost in 1st round
1993 Dunedin Blue Jays Florida State League 68-64 6th Toronto Blue Jays
1996 Dunedin Blue Jays Florida State League 67-70 10th Toronto Blue Jays
1997 Dunedin Blue Jays Florida State League 42-61 -- Toronto Blue Jays -- replaced by Ernie Whitt (15-21) July 26
2002 Auburn Doubledays New York-Penn League 47-29 4th Toronto Blue Jays Lost in 1st round
2003 Auburn Doubledays New York-Penn League 56-18 1st Toronto Blue Jays Lost in 1st round
2004 Auburn Doubledays New York-Penn League 50-24 1st Toronto Blue Jays Lost in 1st round
2005 Auburn Doubledays New York-Penn League 45-30 3rd Toronto Blue Jays Lost League Finals
2006 Auburn Doubledays New York-Penn League 42-32 3rd Toronto Blue Jays Lost in 1st round
2007 Auburn Doubledays New York-Penn League 47-29 3rd Toronto Blue Jays League Champs
2008 Auburn Doubledays New York-Penn League 38-37 7th (t) Toronto Blue Jays
2009 Auburn Doubledays New York-Penn League 26-49 14th Toronto Blue Jays
2010 Auburn Doubledays New York-Penn League 35-40 9th Toronto Blue Jays
2011 Bluefield Blue Jays Appalachian League 40-28 3rd Toronto Blue Jays Lost League Finals
2012 Bluefield Blue Jays Appalachian League 29-37 7th Toronto Blue Jays
2013 Bluefield Blue Jays Appalachian League 40-27 2nd (t) Toronto Blue Jays Lost in 1st round
2014 Bluefield Blue Jays Appalachian League 33-35 7th Toronto Blue Jays
2015 Bluefield Blue Jays Appalachian League 25-42 10th Toronto Blue Jays
2016 Bluefield Blue Jays Appalachian League 37-31 4th Toronto Blue Jays
2017 Bluefield Blue Jays Appalachian League 46-22 1st Toronto Blue Jays Lost in 1st round
2018 Bluefield Blue Jays Appalachian League 42-26 2nd Toronto Blue Jays Lost in 1st round
2019 GCL Blue Jays Gulf Coast League Toronto Blue Jays
totals 30 seasons 1,472-1,359 1 League Championship

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