New manager on familiar ground

A FAMILIAR yet different face will be in the dugout next month when the Sydney Blue Sox begin their fourth Australian Baseball League campaign.

Former assistant coach Jason Pospishil will take over from Glenn Williams as manager following a coaching reshuffle.

Although the goals and team culture has changed, Pospishil said it was his team familiarity which would be one of his biggest strengths.

"I know the squad and I know the areas we have to improve on to win the championship," Pospishil said.

During his younger days, Pospishil was a utility player with the Minnesota Twins in the top tier Minor League Baseball competition.

It's this experience he's hoping to draw on to better educate the Blue Sox's young baseballers and transform the team into a championship contender.

"There's five professional players on our books who are all under 18s," Pospishil said.

"When you add in our three new import players we've strengthened our squad for the coming season.

"We'll be looking to go further into the finals this time than our qualifying series finish last year."

Coming into the Blue Sox squad will be Detroit Tigers pitcher James Robbins and Minnesota Twins duo Tyler Herr and JaDamion Williams.

Australian representative baseballers Trent Oeltjen and Ryan Rowland-Smith will also play for the Blue Sox this season in a four-game series between November and December.

The Blue Sox get their season under way with a three-match warm-up series against the Australian national team on October 26-28.

They then travel to Canberra on November 2 for round one of the Australian Baseball League.

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