My new job is one Ive always wanted

Another manager in the Midwest League will not be back on the bench in 2011.

Joe DePastino’s days as manager of the West Michigan Whitecaps have come to an end after three seasons.

DePastino has accepted a position as roving catching coordinator for the Detroit Tigers.

“I love West Michigan, and I was very fortunate to start my coaching career there and be there for three years,” DePastino told The Press on Sunday. “To be able to go to West Michigan was amazing, and it was a great place to be. From the front office, to the fans, to the field — it was one of the best.

“My new job is one I’ve always wanted. I’ve been a catcher my whole life, and while I love managing, being with the catchers full time is a good gig.”

This is a little surprising due to this:

DePastino had a record of 215-201 in three seasons with the Whitecaps and joined Bruce Fields and Matt Walbeck as the only managers in franchise history to win more than 200 games.

He guided West Michigan to three consecutive playoff appearances, but lost in the first round each year.

The Whitecaps overcame their worst first half (26-43) in franchise history to finish 62-77 overall and earn a wild-card playoff spot this season.

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