Crestwood, Ill. – Robert Morris University Director of Baseball Operations Mike Kashirsky was honored by the Windy City Thunderbolts minor league baseball team by having his jersey retired on Thursday, June 27th at Standard Bank Stadium.
The ceremony took place in between games of a doubleheader and Kashirsky's #1 was placed down the first base line on the stadium's "party deck" along with Chicago White Sox Dylan Axelrod's #23, who was the first Thunderbolt to play in the Major Leagues. Both honorees, who were the first to have their numbers retired by the team, also threw out the ceremonial first pitch along with special guests Jordan Danks and Addison Reed of the Chicago White Sox. (pictured below)
Kashirsky played briefly for the Thunderbolts when the franchise was then known as the Cook County Cheetahs in 2000 and he was the team's bench coach for six seasons including during Axelrod's time with the team. He was also manager for two plus seasons, leading the team to the 2008 Frontier League title and he is the all-time winningest manager in franchise history with a 141-100 record. Kashirsky also was the All-Star game manager in 2011 and was bench coach in the 2006, 2007, and 2009 All-Star games.
"This was a great and humbling experience," said Kashirsky. "It was an honor to share such a wonderful moment in my life with my family and close friends. I love this place and it was great to be back."