Affiliated with Geelong Baseball Association, Bacchus Marsh Baseball Club has this week announced the appointment of Earl Byrne as its Head Coach for the winter season.....
A former coach of the Bacchus Marsh club and current Manager of Werribee Giants in Summer League, Byrne is one of the most highly credentialed and experienced persons in Victorian baseball.
Spending five years with the Chicago Cubs organisation and reaching AAA level as a left-armed pitcher, Byrne enjoyed an illustrious career in the earlier incarnation of the Australian Baseball League and represented Australia at the Intercontinental Cup.
More recently a successful Manager of the Werribee Giants who guided the club to two years in the state’s premier Division One competition, Byrne returns to the Tigers organisation with whom he had a lengthy association until just a few years ago.
Although his playing role is somewhat lesser in profile these days, Byrne has a wealth of baseball knowledge and a capacity to relate to players of all ages that will help stand his club in good stead as it embarks upon a serious rebuilding programme.
“It is all pretty exciting to be returning to the Marsh,” he told Baseball Victoria earlier this week.
“I look forward to the challenge of helping develop our young club into a more competitive unit than it has been for the last couple of winter seasons.”
Already planning on expanding its senior component from two senior teams to at least four, the Tigers have been buoyed by the interest shown from returning and potential players.
“We are delighted to have Earl back on board and we are looking forward to a really exciting season,” said Club Secretary Darren Power.“
“Full senior training will commence on Thursday 20 March – at Masons Lane Reserve – and new players at any level will be made most welcome.”
Committed to junior development and to offering an attractive sporting option to youngsters in the region, Bacchus Marsh has some constructive planning already in place.
“We have a Come and Try Day organised for Saturday 23 March, commencing at 11.00 PM and followed by a free barbecue where we can make the kids and their families welcome,” Power said.
“This season we will be aiming to enter an Under 12 and an Under 14 team in the Geelong Baseball Association, depending on numbers available,” he said.
“We are also carrying over our very popular Aussie T/Ball program for children aged 4 to 9 to join our growing vision to restart the juniors on Wednesday afternoons.”
Any senior or junior players, or prospective players unable to attend these sessions are encouraged to contact the club as soon as possible.