Chris Widger, best known for his time as catcher with the Montreal Expos in the late 90’s, has been named manager of the Camden Riversharks.
The past two seasons Widger has been the pitching coach. The promotion is obviously something that means the world to him as he said “I am excited to be managing the Riversharks, a home team for me, but more importantly, a team who gave me a chance to play and resurrect my career at a time when I was nearly out of baseball. I am looking forward to getting the Riversharks back to competing with anyone in our league and giving our fans a quality team to root for each and every game.”
Widger, a veteran of 10 MLB seasons, was a member of the 2005 Chicago White Sox team that swept the Houston Astros en route to their third World Series title.
His hard-hitting uncle Mike Widger rattled teeth as an all-star linebacker with the Montreal Alouettes. Uncle Mike played six seasons with the Als during coach Marv Levy’s dynasty, winning two Grey Cups. He was dealt to the Ottawa Rough Riders and played two more years. Eight seasons. Six all-star selections. Four times an all-Canadian.
Sussex gets a name
The newest Can-Am league team, looking to begin play in May of 2015, has officially been named. Welcome the Sussex County Miners. According to the Can-Am League web site, The Miners will play their first game at Sussex County Stadium on Memorial Day.
Jays sign 2013 IL MVP Chris Colabello
It’s not the biggest deal the Toronto Blue Jays have ever completed, but the signing of 2013 International League MVP, Chris Colabello is no-lose situation. It appears Justin Smoak is going to be the Jays starting first baseman, though Colabello could provide some much needed competition. Colabello is a veteran of seven independent league seasons, and finally got his shot when he signed with the Minnesota Twins in 2011. He put together sparkling numbers in Double A and Triple A leading to an IL MVP and Rookie of the Year award after batting .352 with 24 home runs and 76 RBI in 2013.
He was in the starting line-up for the Twins in 2014 and got off to a magnificent start until an injury derailed his season. He’s again looking to make an impact. There’s no doubt he can, his resume proves it.