ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Dennis Mattingly, the man who founded the Anchorage Bucs baseball team in 1980 and has been running the organization ever since, will step down as general manager. The Bucs say that Shawn Maltby, currently the general manager of the Peninsula Oilers, will take his place, effective September first.
Mattingly put his stamp on Alaska baseball when he formed the Bucs, then known as the Cook Inlet Bucs, a men's adult league team in Anchorage. They soon became members of the Alaska Baseball League where they still call home.
Mattingly has twice battled Multiple Myeloma, an incurable form of bone cancer and underwent a stem cell transplant in 2008.
"When it stops being fun, it's time to move on," says Mattingly. "It's become more work than fun. A lot of that has to do with my health."
Maltby is working on his second ABL title as Oilers General Manager. He didn't speak of any internal strife, and simply wants a change of scenery.