Altoona Curve Manager Matt Walbeck has been named the 2010 Eastern League Manager of the Year, the league announced today. It is the second time in Walbeck’s career that he has been named the E.L. Manager of the Year and it is the fourth overall distinction in the skipper’s six years as a manager.
Walbeck was a catcher in the Major Leagues from 1993-2003 with the Chicago Cubs, Minnesota Twins, Anaheim Angels, Philadelphia Phillies and Detroit Tigers. Walbeck partnered with Championship Productions on three instructional baseball DVDs focused on catching, titled The Basics of Catching, Secrets to Pitcher – Catcher Relationship, and Strength Training and Flexibility for Baseball.