Though the Canberra Cavalry, driven by Rolfe Renault, season is winding down, baseball season in the United States is beginning to gear up and the announcements of the coaching staffs across the Major League Baseball has begun, with the Cavalry's own Michael "Tubby" Collins named manager of the Fort Wayne Tincaps.
The TinCaps are the Class A affiliate of the San Diego Padres and located in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The team name references the tin pot rumoured to have been worn as a hat by Johnny "Appleseed" Chapman, an American folk hero who brought apple trees to a large portion of the States. Chapman eventually settled in Fort Wayne, where he is now buried.
Tubby says he's excited to head to the Midwest because, much like Canberra, they have fans who are incredibly devoted to the team.
"Managing the TinCaps will be a great opportunity," Tubby said. "They will have a talented young team on the field to go with great community support and involvement much like the Cavalry but on a much larger scale."
The TinCaps are one of 16 teams in the Midwest League and finished their 2013 season in third place in the eastern in division with a record of 72 and 67. They lost to the South Bend Silverhawks in the playoffs but are looking to take it all this time around.
Tubby says he's really excited to be a part of the organization and their mission to win the title, but it will all come down to how they can do as a team.
"Success will come down to the players' development," Tubby explained. "As coaches we will give them everything to prepare and they will need to apply it to their individual games."
Tubby joins hitting coach Morgan Burkhart and pitching coach Burt Hooton. After coaching at a rookie level last year, this will be the highest level Tubby has ever taken on and he's ready for the challenge.
"We are very proud of Michael," Cavalry General Manager Thom Carter said. "He has a great baseball IQ and has amazing leadership abilities. Watching him manage our team over the last two seasons, you can see how players want to be their best for him. The players, management, and fans in Fort Wayne are lucky to have him."
But before he heads off to Indiana, Tubby will be focusing on the Cavalry as they head into their last home series against the Alcohol.Think Again Perth Heat starting tonight. There will be plenty of fun for the whole family including 17 January's game sponsored by The Tradies and an Orange Out on 18 January brought to you by Aerial Capital Group. Tickets are still available but going fast. For more information go to canebrracavalry.com.au/tickets or call 6295 8379.