Sunday, October 28, 2012

Montgomery Biscuits Blog

Buttering them up for the offseason!

The Biscuits tweeted a picture of the trophy they won for promotions. I replied that it was NOT the trophy the fans wanted to see.
this is the one we want

Jim Morrison named Montgomery Biscuits Manager for 2013?

Not this guy

While other teams have already begun announcing the field staff for their affiliates, the Rays always wait until late in the offseason to announce assignments for coaches and managers. I speculate that there is a strong possibility that there will be a change at the helm of the Montgomery team, which would likely be in the form of a promotion for Single-A manager Jim Morrison.

This guy!

I would be happy to have Billy Gardner Jr back for the next campaign, but after the playoff defeat skipper didnt sound as optomistic as I would have expected him to. Basically it was a "we shall see" and he followed with not being sure how many years the organization would be willing to have a manager at the double AA level. The remarks may have been colored by the way the team fell flat in the postseason, but for now we just have to hang around until the parent organization feels like handing the info out.

Henry Wrigley Watch

Another day, and another couple hits, another couple Venezuelan RBI's for Wrigs. What no homer? Ho Hum.

World Series Connection

I said the other day that Delmon was the only Biscuit in the Fall Classic, but there is another member of a World Series team that was on the roster for Montgomery. Jim Leyland, of course!

Its well known that Jim managed Montgomery when they were the Rebels in 1974, and we had several players who went on to the bigs. Craig Brazell's dad Ted was on that team as was future big league pitching coach Vern Ruhle. It was Lelands first managerial job higher than single A for the Tigers organization.

1960's Jim Leland, the catcher

However most don't remember he was a catcher for the Rebels from 1967 all the way through to his appointment as the Rebels hitting coach in 1970.  By 1972 he was getting his feet wet as a manager for the single-A affiliate of the Tigers in the MidWestern League.

Yes, he smoked in our dugout during games just like he did when the Pirates faced the Braves in 1992. Im sure he has sneaked a few cigs during this series too!

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