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The former Hops and current Visalia Rawhide manager is honored by the California League.

PMG PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER OERTELL - Visalia Rawhide and former Hillsboro Hops manager Shawn Roof was recently honored as the California League's Manager of the Year.Former Hillsboro Hops manager Shawn Roof has been named the California League's Manager of the Year for his work with the Hops-affiliated team the Visalia Rawhide.

Both the Hops and Rawhide are affiliates with the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Rawhide won the California League's Northern Division first half championship and are currently on pace to claim the same title in the second half. The Rawhide, who are made up of a number of the same players Roof managed in Hillsboro, finished the first half with a record of 44-22, presently sit at 36-26, and have an overall mark 21.5 games clear of their nearest North Division competitor.

"Manager of the Year should be a team award," Roof said. "It has been a privilege to work with such a talented group of players and a great coaching and support staff. It has been so much fun watching the guys on the team develop all year long, and to see their individual and team success."

During the team's first half, the Rawhide won a franchise best 14 consecutive games on the way to their first-half title. Currently, they need but four wins over their final eight games to set a Visalia Rawhide franchise record for wins in a season.

The third-year manager spent part of six years in the minor leagues as a player and 2017 and 2018 as the skipper for the Hops, accumulating a 92-60 overall record en route to two trips to the Northwest League playoffs.

Roof stems from a rich baseball tradition, including a father and uncle who spent a combined 18 seasons in the Major Leagues, and even coached at the game's highest level. As a result, the 35-year-old not only appreciates the struggles to get to "The Show," but takes his responsibility in helping players reach that goal seriously.

"It's a great responsibility that all of us coaches are entrusted," Roof told the Visalia Times Delta newspaper earlier this year. "We want to help them reach their dream. At the end of the day, we would like to see all 25 of the guys on our roster make it. But if we don't help them or mold them to big leaguers, we want to mold them into great human beings and play as long as they can. It's such a great feeling when you get a phone call and they say, 'Hey, send this guy up to the next level.' "

The award is not the first for Roof. The first-year Visalia manager claimed a similar award following his second season in Hillsboro, a year which saw the Hops go a franchise best 51-25 before losing to eventual NWL champion Eugene in the South Division playoffs.

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