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Gems celebrate Martin's 250th win as manager

Quincy Gems manager Chris Martin, right, shown arguing with an umpire earlier this season, earned his 250th victory Tuesday night. (H-W File Photo/Phil Carlson)
Posted: Aug. 2, 2014 1:55 am Updated: Aug. 23, 2014 2:15 am

By MAT MIKESELL
Herald-Whig Sports Writer

The Quincy Gems celebrated after their 9-6 victory over the Hannibal Cavemen on Friday night.

It wasn't for a playoff berth, though. Instead Gems manager Chris Martin received a plaque for his 250th win with the team.

Martin earned his 250th victory Tuesday night when the Gems came back from being down 9-1 to beat the Springfield Sliders 10-9 in thrilling fashion.

"I've had a lot of good players and a lot of good coaches," Martin said. "I love doing this, and it's why I keep doing it. But really it means I've been doing it for a long time."

Martin has managed the Gems since the team joined the Prospect League in 2009, and only once has the team not won 30 games in a season.

In 2011, the Gems went 38-18 en route to the Prospect League championship over West Virginia.

This season, the Gems are in a down-to-the-wire playoff race with the Terre Haute Rex.

"I had no idea I was at that number," Martin said. "I had no idea that (celebration) was happening after the game, so it was a complete surprise to me."

First-year Gem and Quincy University sophomore Dominic Miles played for Martin at Quincy Notre Dame. Miles credited Martin's coaching philosophy for his success in the Prospect League.

"He doesn't make us do anything we don't want to do," Miles said. "It's on us to stretch before games or things like that. He's a great summer ball coach, and I love him to death. Guys that are here love playing for him."

To Martin, the 250 victories reflects the Gems' talent and their constituents.

"I owe it to my team and the players that have come through here," Martin said. "I owe it to the coaches that send players here. The fan support here has been fantastic, and it's been a wild ride."

--mmikesell@whig.com/221-3365

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