The Chicago Dogs announced today Butch Hobson as team manager for the team’s 2018 inaugural season. Hobson joins the Chicago Dogs with more than 30 years of experience in both major and minor league baseball, including three seasons as manager of the Boston Red Sox. The Chicago Dogs’ home opener is scheduled for May 25, 2018 at the stateof-the-art Impact Field currently under construction in Rosemont. The team will make their debut with the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball May 18, 2018.

“Butch Hobson is a great baseball man,” said Chicago Dogs co-owner Shawn Hunter. “His successful career as both a player and a manager makes him the perfect leader for The Chicago Dogs and helps ensure that our team is competitive on the field and a leading force in the community.”

Hobson served as third baseman for Major League Baseball’s Boston Red Sox (1975-1980), California Angels (1981) and New York Yankees (1982). After retiring as a player, Hobson managed the Boston Red Sox (1992-1994), where he led the team to 207 victories. Hobson has also managed the Boston Red Sox minor league system, New York Mets minor league system, Philadelphia Phillies minor league system and the Independent Atlantic League’s Lancaster Barnstormers, Mobile Bay Sharks and Nashua Pride. Hobson most recently served as manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Class A affiliate.

“I’m incredibly grateful to Shawn Hunter for the opportunity to continue my managerial career by becoming the first manager for the Chicago Dogs,” said Butch Hobson. “Independent professional baseball has been a major part of my life for the past 16 years so this feels like the perfect next chapter. It offers opportunities for growth and development to players who may otherwise not receive those benefits, which is something I take a lot of pride in being a part of.”