Joe Mikulik, who was removed from his position as manager of the Single-A Asheville Tourists by the Colorado Rockies, acknowledged that he was no longer a "good fit" for the job in an interview with Keith Jarrett of the Asheville Citizen-Times:
"It just wasn't a good fit anymore. I had told them last year and again this season I wanted to move up in the organization, and they made it clear that wasn't going to happen. I want to get to the major leagues, and it was never going to be with the Rockies. It was time to move on, so I wasn't shocked when I was let go. I think I have earned and deserve bigger and better things."
Mikulik was let go after leading Asheville to one of the best records in all of minor league baseball in 2012. The Tourists went 88-52 in the regular season, and ended up winning the South Atlantic League championship. Now, he'll set his sights on the Texas Rangers organization, which will likely bring Mikulik aboard as a roving minor league instructor.
In 13 seasons at the helm of the Tourists, Mikulik won 938 games and had a few legendary meltdowns leading to suspensions. He isn't sure whether or not that affected the Rockies' decision to cut ties:
"I guess you would have to ask them that, if those ejections had anything to do with their decision not to renew my contract."
Joe isn't the first member of the extended Mikulik family to part ways with the Rockies organization lately. His son-in-law, third baseman Ian Stewart, was dealt to the Chicago Cubs after a disappointing 2011 campaign with Colorado.