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Woburn native to guide U.S. women’s team
onathan Pollard (Woburn, Mass.) was named manager of the USA Baseball’s women’s national team last month. In 2011, Pollard was assigned as one of eight USA Baseball women’s coaches and in 2012, a World Cup year, was assigned as pitching coach. The team won the silver medal after losing the gold medal game to Japan. This January, Pollard accepted a two-year position as manager of the USA Baseball women’s national team the American Baseball Coaches Association. “I am so honored,” Pollard said. “This will not be about having a good time. This is about winning gold. This is our American pastime, and I expect us to win at every level. USA Baseball certainly Pollard possesses the players, coaches and staff to consistently turn out goldmedal teams.” Pollard currently is an owner of The Cage Baseball Training Center in Woburn. After playing college baseball for Salem State a decade ago, he joined the Vikings as an assistant coach in 2003. Later that year, he coached women’s baseball for the first time, leading the Lady Spirit (the women’s team version of the North Shore Spirit of the Can-Am League) to a women’s national championship. The Lady Spirit evolved to the New England Sox, and they won four more national titles from 2004 to 2007. — BRETT RUDY
NECBL adds three teams
The New England Collegiate Baseball League will add three expansion teams for the 2013 season, commissioner Sean McGrath announced last month. The NECBL’s board of directors
approved new organizations to play in South Kingstown R.I.; Plymouth, Mass.; and Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Saratoga is the first NECBL team to not be located in New England. “All three organizations enjoy tremendous community support,” McGrath said. “We look forward to their participation in the NECBL family for years to come.” The Rhode Island franchise, which will play as the Ocean State Waves, has a natural, built-in rivalry with Newport, Mystic and New Bedford. GM Dan Scaring previously ran the Saratoga Phillies in the NYCBL. Meanwhile, Plymouth GM Dave Dittmann, an NECBL veteran, also brings NYCBL experience from his days as general partner of the Amsterdam Mohawks. Plymouth becomes the NECBL’s closest team to Boston. As part of the expansion, realignment will see Laconia, Sanford, Ocean State, New Bedford, Newport, Mystic and Plymouth playing in the Eastern Division. Vermont, Keene, Saratoga Springs, North Adams, Holyoke and Danbury will comprise the Western Division. It is the 13-team NECBL’s first expansion since the 2003 season.
Fishers tap Allenson
The Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats have named former Boston Red Sox catcher Gary Allenson as their new manager. Allenson replaces Sal Fasano, who has been named the new minor-league catching coordinator in the parent Toronto Blue Jays organization. Joining Allenson in New Hampshire will be new hitting coach Richie Hebner (Norwood, Mass.), an 18-year majorleague veteran, and pitching coach Tom
Signore, who is back for his fourth season with the Fisher Cats. A native of California, Allenson spent eight of the past 10 years in the Orioles organization, most recently with the Single-A Aberdeen IronBirds. The bulk of his time with the Orioles came with the team’s Triple-A affiliate, where he earned his 1,000th win by piloting the Norfolk Tides past the Durham Bulls on Aug. 23, 2011.
Mavericks turn to Adam
The Seacoast Mavericks of the FCBL hired former minor-league pitcher and local high school coach Dave Adam (Shelton, Conn.) as their new manager last month. He becomes the team’s third manager in its three years of existence. Adam spent eight years as the head coach at nearby Newmarket (N.H.) High School, guiding his teams to two state championship games. A high school and college standout in Connecticut, Adam spent eight years playing affiliated minor-league ball, reaching the Double-A level. … The North Shore Navigators of the FCBL named Jon Cahill (Peabody, Mass.) their new manager last month. He replaces Hebner after spending last season as an assistant coach and director of baseball operations. Cahill, currently an assistant coach at Endicott College, graduated from UMass-Lowell in 2001 after playing four years of baseball, where he was an essential part of the 2001 team that reached the Division 2 College World Series for the first time in school history. Cahill also was inducted into the UMass-Lowell Athletics Hall of Fame in 2008.
Sox, Sea Dogs extend
The Boston Red Sox and Portland Sea Dogs have agreed to extend their player development contract for an
additional four years, the teams announced last month. The extension keeps the Red Sox’ Double-A affiliation in Portland through the 2018 season. The Sea Dogs and Red Sox last extended the affiliation in January 2011, when a two-year extension was announced, running through 2014.
Caminucci joins D’backs
Chris Carminucci, one of the “founding fathers” of the third-year Futures Collegiate Baseball League, has accepted a scouting position with the Arizona Diamondbacks, the FCBL announced last month. Carminucci Sports Group has been influential throughout the first two years of the FCBL’s existence, possessing operating and ownership stakes in the Brockton, Torrington and Martha’s Vineyard franchises. Carminucci’s baseball resume includes scouting positions with the Philadelphia Phillies and Kansas City Royals, more than 250 wins as a professional baseball manager, and front-office experience in the Can-Am League. … New Red Sox manager John Farrell was the headliner at the Falmouth Commodores’ hot stove dinner last month at the New Seabury Country Club. Farrell, Falmouth manager Jeff Trundy, Miami Marlins closer Steve Cishek (Falmouth, Mass.), free-agent pitcher Rich Hill (Milton, Mass.) and New York Yankees area scout Matt Hyde were in attendance for the event, a fund-raiser to rebuild the Eric Palmer Press Box at Guv Fuller Field. … RBI Baseball Academy, a private/ group baseball instruction and training center in Foxboro, Mass., will hold its annual Nomar Garciaparra Winter Hitting Clinic on Feb. 20-22. If you have an item for Around the Region, email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
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