The First pitch for the new-look Swift Current 57's is just a month away.
Off-season changes for the club were plentiful with a new coaching staff aboard and only five returnees.
Tim Brown was hired by the 57's as head coach in late October. The California resident acknowledged the organization's decorated and lengthy history as one of the main reasons he wanted the gig as skipper.
"When you look at summer collegiate across the country, that kind of history and legacy is unusual," he said. "When I was 25 or 30 that probably wouldn't have been a big deal for me but now that I'm much older than that, being part of something historic, being part of something that has a really outstanding legacy, and to be a part of that, is what really made the difference for me."
Brown has been coaching since 1978 spending time across six different leagues including the NCAA.
The moment he was handed the reins by Swift Current he took to the recruitment process.
"Our team is balanced," he said. "We have some guys that can run. Part of our offensive philosophy is going to be very aggressive... You also have to drive in some runs and a lot of times it's hard to identify guys that can do that."
Two players he was quick to point out that he believes can excel in the RBI department are Swift Current products, Ethan Murdoch and Brody Alexandre.
"Murdoch's just an outstanding baseball player and he's having an outstanding year at McCook Community College," Brown said. "Another local kid here is Brody Alexandre who actually played with the club last year and has some pop as well."
There are two more Swift Current minor baseball alum on the 57's roster in pitcher Dawson Schultz and catcher Rydell Adair.
One of the bigger challenges for first-year 57's players will be playing 56 regular season games in 10 and a half weeks.
"It's that adjustment from a rigid schedule to something that is much more rigorous... that's kind of how pro baseball is," he said. "All of our players have aspirations to play professional baseball, if they didn't we wouldn't want them here. Some of them will and some of them will not. The summer collegiate scheduling gives them an opportunity to see what it's like to play professional baseball."
The 57's will host the Regina Red Sox on May 26 to open the season at Mitchell Field before completing a home-and-home with Regina the following day at Currie Field.