By Roy Reiss
October 17, 2013
The celebrating has subsided and the Cotuit faithful have turned their attention to planning for the 2014 season at Lowell Park.
At the October monthly meeting GM Bruce Murphy talked about the recruiting class of 2014 and how things are extremely early in the process. He cautioned that much can happen between now and June with 2013 a perfect example when only 11 of the scheduled 27 roster players reported at Lowell Park. The reasons for not reporting ranged from injuries to Team USA to summer school. Three members of last year’s championship roster are slated to return next summer. They include OF Rhett Wiseman (Vanderbilt), C Garrett Stubbs (Southern Cal) and INF Drew Jackson (Stanford). Plans were also unveiled to have new dugouts installed at Lowell Park which is part of the overall Capital Project Plan. In addition work on the 2014 budget is underway and will be presented at the November monthly meeting.
One new thing we’re introducing is a quick interview with a former player that hopefully will interest you. From the 2008 team, we talked with Brett Jackson who’s now playing for the Chicago Cubs.
What are your recollections of your time with Cotuit?
I recall my time in the Cape as pure joy. I spent most of my time with my host family, the Lawsons, who quickly became my real family. At the field I had the opportunity to learn from one of the greatest coaches college baseball or the Cape League has ever seen. Coach Roberts was a compassionate coach who was truly inspiring to play for.
How did the experience shape your playing career?
Playing for Coach Roberts and competing in the Cape helped me improve my abilities and ultimately gave me important exposure to be drafted a year later. I treasure my experience and the memories I have from that summer.
Outside of baseball, what do you remember about life on the Cape?
The setting for the Cape League is one of the best baseball settings in the world. It is a magical place to spend a summer playing ball and making lifelong friends. There is something timeless about the Cape and I will never forget my time spent there.
A few things that may interest only me…
Former Kettleer Micah Johnson (2011) led all of baseball this season with 84 stolen bases playing for the White Sox Birmingham minor league team …Former SS Deven Marrero was honored by the Red Sox as the best base runner in their minor league system. Marrero stole 27 bases in 29 attempts this summer. Do you think the Mike Roberts influence had anything to do with Johnson and Marrero’s success? … Finally Lowell Park in the Fall is just as beautiful as Lowell Park in the Summer.
Kettleers Korner will be anything and everything that might interest fans, past and present, about the Kettleers. Roy Reiss, who started his career working for Curt Gowdy Broadcasting, was a former sportscaster on Channel 7 and several radio stations in Boston. His son Mike now covers the Patriots for ESPNBoston.com.