Bravehearts Name J.P. Pyne as New Manager
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
"I am extremely honored to take over as manager of the Worcester Bravehearts. My family and I want to thank the Creedon family and Futures League for this opportunity. Worcester has skyrocketed to the top of the league— both on and off the field— and I can't wait to be a part of the organization," said Pyne.
Pyne will take over for Justin Edwards who left for an opportunity in baseball scouting.
"The last two seasons managing the Worcester Bravehearts were the best two summers of my life, even better than my time as a professional player. Everyone in the Bravehearts' organization works tirelessly to be the team that Worcester deserves - both on and off the field. I'm so proud and happy for the community of Worcester that we were able to deliver back-to-back championships. I have to give huge thanks to the Bravehearts' outstanding fan base who lifted the team through both our wins and our losses. While I'm moving on to a new position, the Bravehearts and the city of Worcester will forever hold a special place in my heart," said Edwards.
Edwards will be a scout for an affiliated baseball team and cover games in West Virginia, Ohio and Maryland.
Pyne is the current Head Coach at Clark University in Worcester and in his first season, recently finished leading the Cougars through one of their most successful seasons in history by setting a school record with 18 wins. Clark also set school records in runs scored (252), hits (369), doubles (77), highest field percentage (.967), stolen bases (83) and total bases (573). The 2016 season marked Pyne's first season with Clark.
Before taking the job at Clark, Pyne spent two seasons at the University of Maine as a pitching coach, working with Bravehearts back to back championship pitchers Charlie Butler and Logan Fullmer.
Pyne's professional baseball coaching experience includes work with the Toronto Blue Jays minor league affiliates in 2010-2011and in the Futures League witht he Nashua Silver Knights in 2012 and 2013 when they won championships.
“It’s always difficult when you lose a coach the caliber of Justin Edwards. He was excellent at guiding our players through the rigors of a 56-game season, keeping them loose, and ultimately showing them how to play together to win the ultimate prize. In that same spirit, we love what J.P. Pyne brings to the Bravehearts because of his 15-year track record of success in collegiate baseball and the glowing recommendations from his players. Our organization is ecstatic to welcome him, his wife Sarah, and daughter Rosalie to the Bravehearts’ family," said General Manager Dave Peterson.
Pyne will work with current assistant coaches Kevin Hartigan and Casey Cummins who will remain on staff.
The Bravehearts come into the 2016 season looking to win their third straight championship. Worcester opens their season on the road before raising their Championship Banner prior to their home opener against the Wachusett Dirt Dawgs on Friday, June 3rd.
First pitch is set for 7 p.m.
The Worcester Bravehearts baseball team is owned and operated by the Creedon family, who also own and operate Creedon and Co., Inc., a catering & tent and event rental equipment company in Worcester, MA. The Bravehearts ballclub is a franchise in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League (FCBL). The Bravehearts won the FCBL Championship in 2014 and 2015.
Related Slideshow: The History of Baseball in Central Massachusetts
Baseball and Central Mass. go way back - to the 1860s. The local historical landmarks range from Mudville to Hotel Vernon to Fitton Field. A version of these highlights is posted on the site of the new, yet-to-be-formally-named Worcester Baseballteam of the three-year-old Futures Collegiate Baseball League.
First Perfect Game
The first perfect game in the history of Major League Baseball was pitched in Worcester, on June 12, 1880, by J. Lee Richmond for the Worcester Worcesters – also known at various times as the Brown Stockings and the Ruby Legs - versus the Cleveland Blues at the Worcester Driving Park Grounds, located in the Worcester Agricultural Fairgrounds near Elm Park. Worcester joined the National League in 1880, replacing the failed Syracuse Stars.
NE Collegiate Baseball
A New England Collegiate Baseball League team played in Leominster from 1995 to 1999. Called the Central Mass. Collegians, they won the NECBL Championship in both 1995 and 1996, and During the 1995 season, they played a game against the Cuban National Youth Team in Worcester.
Wachusett Dirt Dawgs
The Wachusett Dirt Dawgs, who play at historic, and newly renovated, Doyle Field in Leominster, are a 2012 expansion franchise in the now-three-year-old Futures Collegiate Baseball League.The Dirt Dawgs’ 2013 season swung into action on June 5 with big expectations, but ended on August 8 with those hopes being dashed. They finished in the basement, with a record of 20-31 - 14 games behind first-place the Martha’s Vineyard Sharks (38-18). The team is owned by prominent Leominster businessman John Morrison, who also founded, owns and operates Fosta-Tek Optics in Leominster.
Last month, the Futures Collegiate Baseball League announced the formation of the Worcester Baseball franchise, which will play its first season next summer. The team is owned by the family that owns and operates Creedon and Co. The prominent Worcester catering service will be the food-and-beverage vendor at home games at Fitton Field, at the College of the Holy Cross. Through Octobert 25, Worcester Baseball is conducting a name-the-team competition.
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