The Wheat City Whiskey Jacks recently completed their inaugural season in the Expedition Baseball League and plans are already being discussed for next year. While the team finished dead last (12-52) in the 10-team league, General Manager Ray Walker feels there are several positives that the organization can take away from the first year. “From gates open, to first pitch, to final out, the joy and appreciation from the people in the park watching Jacks baseball was very special” said Ray. “Also, a BIG thank you to our host/billet families. The players and families have created a bond and friendship that will last a lifetime”.
Among the biggest hurdles the team faced was getting the word out letting the city know that there was a team in town. According to Ray some fans that attended Sunday’s game had just recently heard that Brandon had a team.
While the organization will take today off they will back at Andrews field on Tuesday to cleanup the park and the clubhouse. Ray tells bdnmb.ca that the recruiting process for players for next season has already begun. “Some players have expressed a desire and will return, as well there will be more new faces here in Brandon in 2020”.
“The city, Andrews Field Management Group, and the team will work hard in the off season on our wish list for next year.” Ray Walker-GM Wheat City Whiskey Jacks.
Changes/improvements the club would like to make over the off-season include having a new all-weather sound system installed, the chain link backstop replaced, and maybe some seating improvements too. “I feel that we really made believers out of even the most skeptical Brandon sports fans. We’re getting 2020 season tickets ready for on-sale later this month” concluded Walker.