The Boys of Vancouver’s Summer
The Vancouver Canadians, coming off an impressive 2011 season winning their first Northwest League championship announced a change to their on-field leadership for 2012.
Clayton McCullough takes the reigns after John Schneider took an extended leave of absence in August to deal with family issues.
This will be the 4th single A team that 32 year old McCullough has managed.
McCullough was originally drafted as a catcher by the Seattle Mariners in 1998 but did not sign with the team at the time.
He was drafted again in 2002 that time by the Cleveland Indians in the 22nd Round. In the four seasons he was in the minors he only played in 104 games, reaching as far as AAA but only for a single game.
By the age of 25 McCullough retired and turned his attention toward management.
Former catchers often make good managers and McCullough has been no exception to that rule. In his first management role he led his team to a .600 win average for the season and has finished above .500 in all but one year.
This is a man that obviously understands baseball strategically as well as how to manage people.
Also managers at the single A level really a lot of grooming to do with newly drafted players and getting them ready for the franchise style of play.
If his winning trend continues Vancouver fans should be able to look forward to another year of good baseball in the city.