Story by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)
Victoria, BC (ISN) – Victoria’s entry into the West Coast Baseball League is set to announce it’s new field manager at a press conference at Royal Athletic Park next Tuesday morning.
The move comes at a critical time for the newly formed club, as the U.S. college recruiting season has already begun and the new manager will need to get busy right away recruiting and signing players for the team so they are ready to roll next June.
Team officials have been very quiet about the selection, but team co-owner John McLean at the press conference last week to announce the signing of General Manager Holly Jones hinted that it will be someone who will be familiar to those who have a very good knowledge of baseball, and that it would be someone who is well connected to the college ranks so that they have a comfort level in picking up the phone and talking to college coaches during the recruitment process.
Some early speculation among the baseball community in Victoria was that Darrell Evans, the popular first year manager of the Victoria Seals, would be brought back to the Garden City to work with the youngsters, but perhaps this is speculation at best, as well as a desire to resurrect at least some small portion of the Seals franchise with the new team.
The club is also expected Tuesday to provide more details on the team name. Well over 500 entries and suggestions were received via the Name the Team contest on the Victoria Baseball Club website and it is expected that a short list of names, or perhaps even the final selection may be revealed.
Again, no real hints have been provided by the team, but if the trend on the social media boards are indicative, it will either be something related to the ocean and natural environment of the region, or something related to the history and culture of the City of Victoria.
The new West Coast League team is a college-level, wood bat league that will play a 54 game season in June through August. Home games will be played at Royal Athletic Park in Victoria. The 11 team league has teams in Washington, Oregon and two in BC, including Victoria and Kelowna.
For more information on the team, please visit their curent website at http://www.victoriabaseballclub.com/ or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Victoria-Baseball-Club/459510307400667