Updated: April 27, 2020 01:42 PM
Created: April 26, 2020 06:18 PM
(ABC 6 News) - Right now, it is uncertain when the Northwoods League will start their season but the Rochester Honkers are still preparing.
This offseason the Honkers added new team personnel in the front office, Jeremy Aagard as the general manager, and Deskaheh "Bomber" Bomberry, taking the lead on the field.
"It's cliche, but he's a student of the game," Honkers' General Manager Jeremy Aagard said.
Bomber was born and raised in California and comes to the Honkers with plenty of experience. He has been coaching college ball for almost 25 years, most of which as a pitching coach at Sacramento City College.
As for summer collegiate ball, Bomber got a taste of it back in 2000.
"I coached in the Cape Cod League for a summer, but this will be my first summer coaching since then so it's been a little while."
From Sacramento, CA to Rochester, MN, how did Bomber become the Honkers' new field manager?
"My old boss, Andy McKay, managed in the Northwoods League for several years from about 2006 to maybe 2011-2012 in La Crosse (WI) and at the time his general manager was Chris Goodell," Bomber explained.
During that time, Bomber got to know Goodell and when the field manager position became available, Bomber knew who to call.
"I think what helped is that our philosophies kind of aligned as far as summer ball goes," Bomber said. "When Andy was there it was a huge huge emphasis on player development it wasn't just we're going to play 72 games and we'll just see what happens. It was more of we're going to spend a lot of time together, we're going to do a lot of coaching and make sure the players get a good experience.
Bomber said he has never been to Rochester but has spent time in the Midwest and loves the summers and is looking forward to being here.
Even though the Honkers do not know if or when the season will start, they are still preparing. With the circumstances, the league allowed teams to expand their rosters to 35 players and right now, the Honkers have a full roster. Hoping to coach his first summer collegiate team in 20 years, Bomber said he would love to go into it with the roster they have.
"It's a very talented roster, it's a very diverse roster. We've got some smaller school guys, some junior college guys, we have guys from the southeastern conference, we have freshman, we have some older guys."
If or when the team takes the field, Bomber said he doesn't have any win-loss goals. Of course, he likes to win, but he is overall objective is development.
"I want guys to improve. I want them to feel like they're a better group at the end of the summer. I want them to truly appreciate the fans of Rochester, the city of Rochester. The whole league is driven by the fans, and I want to make sure the players understand that, they appreciate that and that we can put out a product that the people of Rochester are happy about."
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