Jeff Trundy Manager of the Year 2016 / photo by SportsPix
FALMOUTH, Mass - For the second time in 18 years with the Commodores, long-time Falmouth manager Jeff Trundy has received the Mike Curran Cape Cod Baseball League Manager of the Year award.
The award presentation Friday night came after a remarkable worst-to-first turnaround that saw the Commodores storm to a league-best 58 points after finishing fifth in the Western Division and missing postseason last year.
“I think it’s a team award, to be honest with you,” said Trundy “It does carry a sense of gratification in that it’s voted by your peers, and I obviously have a lot of respect for coaches in this league, I’ve always felt very fortunate to be a part of that fraternity.”
Trundy was quick to credit the talent at his disposal, but also emphasized the importance of the spirit of his squad. “I think the way that guys feel about one another kind of puts you over the hump at times, and I feel this team was able to really put together a bond that was pretty special. They are having fun, and they don’t want to leave. And that’s when you know you have something special.”
Chuck Sturtevant, Eric Zmuda and Paul Galop presnted Manager of the Year award to Jeff Trundy / photo by SportsPix
With players coming from top programs around the country, this type of clubhouse camaraderie isn’t something easy to come by. Falmouth GM Eric Zmuda was quick to credit Trundy for allowing that atmosphere to thrive.
“He’s a person that puts the player first and foremost each and every year,” said Zmuda. You see how he will stand by and develop the player at their speed. “He’s there to assist them to get to that next level, that’s his main goal every year. In my opinion, that’s manager of the year every year.”
With the President’s Cup in their possession, Trundy is focused on looking forward. “We’re going to face some great teams if we keep winning. I’m going to think about tomorrow and not think beyond that, we can’t get wrapped up in what is two or three days ahead, or what happened yesterday.”
Taking it day by day, and player by player, has gotten Trundy this far. With some of the league’s premier talent and a solid team spirit as a foundation, they’re clearly favorites to celebrate a Cape League Championship