DULUTH,MN – There’s a new manager in town. The Duluth Huskies hosted its first practice under field manager Marcus Pointer on Monday. He takes over for Tyger Pederson.
Pointer was the Huskies pitching coach last season and helped guide the team to the Northwoods League – North Division championship.
It’s year two for Pointer.He says his role has changed and it feels pretty good. Only four players return from last season’s roster. He says this season will be a challenge.
“It’s definitely an adjustment, just going from a pitching coach, my main focus is, what are these guys doing and how are they throwing the ball and is the defense doing. Now you kind of have to be a little more receptive to all aspects of the game. You have to understand how your hitters, how they feel, what are we doing. On top of that, it is now the relationships and the communication you have to do with the outside. You know, the broadcast team, interns and obviously handle the interviews and the media and what not. It’s a new challenge and I’m looking forward to it.” Pointer said
“I feel like going into this summer we will be able to manage players and make sure they are at their best peak ability while they are playing and just continue to make the same kinda strategy and aggressive base running and baseball. The style we played last summer and try to keep that up for this summer.”
Huskies will open up the season on Tuesday as the team heads to Thunder Bay. First pitch is set for 5:05 p.m.