January 18, 2008 – Ryan Minor Talks January 17, 2008Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.
Updated with player news late on 1/18 – see bottom…
Ryan Minor Talks: York Revolution coach and all-around nice guy Ryan Minor is gearing up for another season in the Atlantic League — his seventh to be exact. I caught up with the manager-in-waiting Thursday.
Scott: Most guys have a hard time transitioning to coaching because they still want to play. What was your first year like?
Ryan: My first year coaching was an easy transition for me because when I made the decision to not play any more, I understood that to be successful and respected at coaching you have to separate the two. In my opinion, you can’t still be a player at heart and a coach on the field.
Scott: You guys hit a solid .281 last season. Much better than most expansion franchises would do. What were some of the things you saw that really made you proud as a coach last year?
Ryan: By York hitting as a team the way it finished up last year we were really fortunate to be able have some of the players we had playing for us. The credit really goes to those guys that were able to play every day and prepare themselves to perform the way they did under the circumstances they were under. Without a batting cage and not being able to get on the field early for extra batting practice for virtually the entire year is a credit to those guys for staying focused and determined to do well.
Scott: All the coaches are former Orioles. Do you guys feel a sense of unity because of that?
Ryan: With the coaching staff being former O’s and all of us knowing each other before hand really make things easier from the start because there really isn’t a breaking-in period to get to know one another. Chris was comfortable from day one with decisions he had to make and the rest of us just went along for the ride. It was really a benefit that we all really enjoyed being around each other.
Scott: I know you’ve had aspirations to manage. Is that your ultimate goal? How do you think you get there?
Ryan: I think at some point I would like to explore the possibility of managing. There are certain things to be put in place for you to get that opportunity. Timing has a lot to do with that opportunity and right now I enjoy being a coach but at some point would like to explore the chance to manage. The experience I am receiving now as a coach is only benefiting me in the long run.
Scott: Have you talked to anyone who might be returning this year?
Ryan: Right now, I have spoken to a few players that might be returning but it is still early to tell who that might be. – Scott Stanchak
Bears Announce Open Tryout Date: From the first press release out of Andres Mendez, who’s in his first few days as Public Relations Manager for the Newark Bears… Bears To Hold Open Tryouts. – Mike Ashmore
The New ALB: As you may have noticed, we changed the site’s design this past Thursday. Mike and I felt it was time for an upgrade after two years of the same thing.
The new look lends itself nicely to what we’ve accomplished over the past four years. The old site was bogged down with every single month archived on the right-menu. Now, there’s a menu tree, that opens as you click on the year, month and date. It is condensed, making for a sleeker look. (Note: You want to click on the little arrow next to the date to open the tree. Clicking on the actual date will just load everything from that time period.)
Another one of the new things we added was a poll. This will be changed every so often. I’m also intending to post the final results the day we change it up so they will always be available. Any suggestions for what you’d like to see asked, shoot away.
I’m working on cleaning up the Google ad on the top right, but it’s still essential that you still click on it when you visit. It help support the site. In fact, I’d love to get rid of it and have one great looking ad at the top of the page. If you know of any business willing to advertise and promote themselves here, please let us know. You can’t beat having an ad on top of a web site that several hundred people check out every day.
Also, people wishing to donate to the site, the PayPal link has been moved to the bottom right. Thank you to everyone who has already done so. If anyone else would like to contribute, we’d greatly appreciate it.
Thanks again for all of your support and we look forward to another great year in 2008. – SS
DePriest, DeRabbi, And DeMinister: Worst headline of the year? I think so. Anyway, Jason Guarente is reporting that Lancaster closer P Derrick DePriest will be pitching in Mexico in 2008.
It’s hard to believe that his 1.06 ERA and 20 saves last season couldn’t get him an affiliated deal.
I wouldn’t rule out the chance of a comeback to the Atlantic League, however. Camden would be a very likely destination… – MA