By Chris Palmquist
Sioux City—The Sioux City Explorers announced this afternoon that they will not be renewing the contract of field manager Stan Cliburn for the 2014 season.
"On behalf of the entire Explorers organization, I would like to thank Stan for his efforts these past three seasons," said X's General Manager Shane Tritz. "I wish him all the best for his future endeavors."
In his three years in Sioux City, Cliburn had an overall record of 127-160, and saw the win totals decrease each year.
"As an organization, we felt a change was needed to provide our fans and supporters with a more competitive team on the field for the 2014 season and beyond," Tritz continued. "We also wanted to make the decision quickly to ensure that a new manager would have as much time as possible to become involved in the community; alongside the coaches, players, and front office staff, before the start of the next season."
In late August, Cliburn was suspended of his duties as on-field manager after receiving an operating while intoxicated, second offense.
Pitching Coach Ty Marotz served as the interim manager for the X's for the final thirteen games of the season, leading the team to a 7-6 record.
The search for a new manager will begin immediately.