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Visit with Manager MacDonald

As we approach the 2017 WMBL season we had a chance to sit down with Redsox Manager  Mitch McDonald. 

 

Q: Heading into your second season as manager, what can fans expect from the 2017 Red Sox team?

 
MM: I think fans can expect to see a quality ball team that competes hard each night.  Thats our goal when constructing the roster every year so that fans feel their hard earned money is well spent at the ballpark.  I don’t think thats too much for fans to ask of us.
 
 
Q: You have a good mix of returning players  - How does a veteran presence from Jordan Schulz benefit the new incoming Red Sox players?
 
MM: Jordan being a multiple year returner adds a ton of value to our team, not just being a quality player but he can help the new guys come in and acclimate quicker, what it means to be on the Red Sox and the expectations of every player when they put on that uniform.
 
Q: How did recruiting go this off-season? 
 
MM: We feel strong about the roster we’ve put together, things are always changing and spots open for various reasons but we like where we are right now.  We put together an idea of kind of what we’re looking for in September and try to find guys that fit with what we’re trying to do.  We’ll know for sure how it went in the middle of August.
 
Q: Who are the key new comers fans should be excited about this season?
 
MM: Its tough to pinpoint on any one guy coming in.  Its going to take a complete team effort to win games and each guy is going to have a different role, how we do rests with each guy doing their job.  We’ve tried to build a roster that we think is capable of winning ball games and having a little bit of everything to it.  
 
Q: What does it mean to the team to be playing in front of an enthusiastic crowd at Currie Field?
 
I think its actually a little bit of a shock for some players, in a good way of course.  A lot of guys come up to Regina used to playing in front of a handful of people.
 
 I think the fan support Regina gives our club is great, its what makes playing in Regina special for these young men and its a selling point to get them to come up.  For a lot of them it will be as close to a Minor league feel as they will get and thats to the fans credit that players feel that way.

Big Apple Tickets Now on Sale

 

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Experience New York City for 5 days and 4 nights 
Lottery Licence:  RR17-0008
 
Grand Prize:                                             
Win a trip for 4 to New York City from August 26-30, 2017
Includes:
4 return airfare tickets from Regina; Accommodations at the Hilton Garden Inn Times Square;
4 tickets to New York Yankees vs. Seattle Mariners;
4 tickets to New York Yankees vs. Cleveland Indians;
4 tickets to School of Rock Broadway Show.  
The winning ticket holder will also receive $2000.00 U.S. Cash. 
OR
$5000.00 cash prize in lieu of trip
 
Tickets: $20.00 each (limit of 2500 sold) 
Tickets can be purchased at each Red Sox home game or by calling the Red Sox 24 Hour News and Info Line at (306)721-0666.
Draw Date: July 30, 2017 @ Currie Field
 
Terms and Conditions: 
  • Winners must choose trip with the following conditions by August 8, 2017 or take the $5000.00 cash prize:
  • If the prize winner has not been identified and trip claimed by Aug. 8, 2017 the prize to be awarded will be $5000.00 cash and must be claimed by July 30, 2017. If at that time the cash prize is still unclaimed, the cash prize will be donated to a charitable beneficiary approved by SLGA. 
  • Trip must be taken as outlined in the itinerary. 
  • Persons must be 18 years of age or older to purchase tickets.
  • One of the 4 people taking the trip must be 21 years of age or older. 
  • Each person travelling must present a valid passport by Aug. 8, 2017 or cash prize will be awarded. 
  • All tickets sold will be entered into a draw drum.  The draw will take place on field at Currie Field, midway through the Red Sox game on July 30, 2107.
  • Total retail value of trip, approximately $10,000.00 Cdn. Funds Regina Red Sox Baseball Club or executive will not be responsible
  • for insurance or liability. Persons travelling do so at their own risk and are advised to purchase insurance as necessary. 
  • Tickets must only be purchased or sold within Saskatchewa

Cito Gaston left his mark on baseball and Blue Jays

By Murray McCormick, Regina Leader-Post

 

As a manager, Cito Gaston left his imprint on the Toronto Blue Jays and Major League Baseball.

Gaston guided the Blue Jays to four American League East Division championships, two American League pennants and back-to-back World Series titles (in 1992 and 1993).
 
“When it was going on, I never really thought about it,’’ Gaston, who is to be the guest speaker at the Regina Red Sox Dinner and Sports Auction on April 29, said from his home in Oldsmar, Fla.
 
“If I look back now, I was surely part of history. It’s never going to change being the first Afro-American to win four division championships, two pennants and then two World Series. I’m very proud of that. It’s something that will be with me long after I leave.’’
 
Gaston established his legacy while spending his entire 12-year managerial career with the Blue Jays. He joined the Blue Jays in 1982 as a hitting coach and was promoted to his first stint as manager in 1989. He remained in that role until being fired after the 1997 season. Gaston later managed the Blue Jays in 2008, 2009 and 2010 before retiring.
 
Along with the pennants, Gaston had a regular-season record of 894-837 and a winning percentage of .516. Throughout his time with the Blue Jays, he earned a reputation as a players’ manager while exhibiting an outwardly calm demeanour.
 
“I was a teacher too and I never stopped teaching how to play the game,’’ said Gaston, 73. “When the game started I was pretty calm and cool. You have to be calm and not panic. If you’re the leader and you panic, then your players will panic.’’
 
Gaston was involved with the Blue Jays when the team made stops at Taylor Field in 1989 and 1993 to play exhibition games against the National Baseball Institute Blues. The 1989 game took place on May 11. Three days later, after the Blue Jays’ record fell to 12-24, Blue Jays manager Jimy Williams was fired and Gaston was named the replacement.
 
While Gaston is proud of each championship with the Blue Jays, he takes particular pride in what happened in 1989. Toronto rallied to finish the season with an 89-73 record (77-49 under Gaston) and win the AL East title.
 
Toronto continued to enjoy success under Gaston, finishing second in the division in 1990 and winning division titles in 1991, 1992 and 1993.
 
“The 1989 team was one of the most fun teams that I have ever managed,’’ Gaston said. “I took over from Jimy and we came back to win the division. That was a team that could manufacture runs anytime we wanted to. All of the teams that I’ve had, you have to adapt as a manager and go from there.’’
 
Gaston maintained ties to the Blue Jays when he returned as the hitting coach (1999-2001). In 2002, he was named a special assistant to president and CEO Paul Godfrey and later returned as the field manager. Gaston retired as a manager after the 2010 season, but later returned as a consultant. He retired from that position after the 2015 season and now just follows the Blue Jays as a fan.
 
Gaston understands the team’s struggles in the early part of the 2017 season are a letdown for fans after the Blue Jays reached the American League championship series in 2015 and 2016.
 
“No one is going to give up right now because it’s a long season if you do,’’ Gaston said. “Why show up if you don’t want to win or aren’t trying to win? You have to keep a positive attitude and see how it plays out. They still have a lot of games left.’’
 
mmccormick@postmedia.com
 
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