Familiar faces in new places for Scrappers
By Greg Gulas
As the Mahoning Valley Scrappers prepare for their upcoming season, a new general manager is set to greet a new manager.
The Scrappers will open the season on June 17 when they against the Jamestown Jammers at Eastwood Field, and gone is manager Travis Fryman, who after three seasons at the helm became the Cleveland Indians’ roving infield coordinator.
Fryman led the Scrappers to a runner-up finish in 2009 before dipping to a 30-46 mark last season.
New manager David Wallace, who has spent his entire career with Cleveland as either a player or coach, comes to Mahoning Valley after two campaigns as the Tribe’s bullpen catcher.
New general manager Jordan Taylor is anything but a rookie administrator, having been promoted from his assistant GM position; a post which he held from 2005 through last season.
He’s been with the Scrappers for 11 of their 13 seasons.
Speaking to the Curbstone Coaches during Monday’s weekly luncheon meeting at the Blue Wolf Banquet Center, Taylor said he foresees an exciting season with Wallace.
“David is excited to take over the coaching reigns and actually played for the Scrappers back in 2002, so he is familiar with the area and surrounding community,” said Taylor.
The Scrappers have 38 home games and each will include a promotional package.
“Baseball with Bite” returns to include seven Friday night fireworks displays, six “Buck Nights” and “Kids Eat Free Saturdays.”
Also returning is “Wednesday Military Appreciation Night,” and “Two Dollar Tuesday’s.”
In addition to the promotional days, at least five giveaway games are scheduled and several that will feature special appearances.
“Among our giveaways will be youth jerseys, adult jerseys, the popular MV Scrapper baseball hat and a logo baseball,” said Taylor.
Taylor credits former general manager Dave Smith, who remained as a consultant with the team after stepping down, for his smooth transition but added while the duties are new, they aren’t exactly foreign.
“The biggest challenge has been just getting adjusted to being the GM,” he said. “As an assistant, I was concerned with the sales side of the operation but now must know the overall operation from grounds, to budgets to concessions.”
There will be no meeting next week due to the Easter holiday.