Can-Am League catch-up: LaPoint out in Rockland, Worcester out for 2013
The Rockland Boulders have announced that manager Dave LaPoint will not return for the 2013 season.
“As an expansion franchise in any sport in any league, the first few seasons are always the toughest,” team President Ken Lehner said in a press release. “We greatly appreciate all Dave has done to help us build a foundation for continued success.”
The Boulders are currently searching for their next manager.
While the team’s statement does not mention coach Damian Rolls, he is no longer listed on the staff page of Rockland’s website.
I believe Trois-Rivieres manager Pete LaForest, Newark pitching coach Ralph Citarella and New Jersey pitching coach Ed Ott are the only remaining Can-Am League coaches who have played in the major leagues. Hopefully teams with vacancies will look for some higher-profile names, but it doesn’t seem all that likely.
No pro baseball in Worcester next year
Ballpark Digest reports that Worcester will not have professional baseball next season, after the Can-Am League revoked the the membership of the Worcester Tornadoes because of financial issues. City officials are targeting 2014 for baseball’s return, but the Can-Am League is not the only possibility for the market.
There are three potential leagues in play for Worcester: the Can-Am League, a feeder league associated with the independent Atlantic League, and the summer-collegiate Futures Collegiate Baseball League.
Cuevas heads to Austrailia
Finally, TheAustrailianBaseballDigest notes that the Sydney Blue Sox have signed 2012 Newark Bears pitcher Caleb Cuevas upon the recommendation of his offseason training partner, Oakland Athletics pitcher Grant Balfour, a Sydney native.
Balfour sent his father, Blue Sox General Manager David Balfour, an email detailing the skills Cuevas possesses. Balfour, who has thrown upwards of 100 mph, told his father that Cuevas himself was a “flamethrower.”