2011 Eastern League Manager of the Year for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Toronto Blue Jays affiliate) & former MLB player
Sal Fasano is the manager of the New Hampshire Fisher Cats of the Double A Eastern League, the Minor League affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays minor league system. Prior to his managerial career, Fasano spent parts of 11 seasons as a Major League player. He was originally drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 37th round of the 1993 draft and made his Major League debut as the starting catcher for Kansas City at Baltimore on April 3, 1996. Fasano went on to hit 47 home runs and drive in 140 runs in 427 games in the Major Leagues.
Fasano made his managerial debut with the Lansing Lugnuts of the Class-A Midwest League in 2010, leading the team to a record of 70-69. Lansing finished in third place in the Eastern Division standings in the first half of the season with a record of 36-33 and their record of 34-36 in the second half was good for a fourth place finish in the Eastern Division.
On November 28, 2010, Fasano accepted the position as the manager of the New Hampshire Fisher cats, the AA affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays. In his first season in New Hampshire, he led the Fisher Cats to an Eastern Division-best record of 71-60 (.542). Included in that record is a record setting month of May when the team went 23-8 to set a new franchise record for wins in a single month. Fasano was subsequently selected as the winner of the 2011 Eastern League Manager of the Year Award.