It’s admittedly been some time since we’ve posted here at the G-Blog, but rest assured, there’s plenty going on in the Coolray Field offices since September. We’re working on preparing a tremendous fifth season of Gwinnett Braves baseball, and will have details on what you can expect to see in 2013 sometime after the holidays. Right now, you can prepare yourself for next season by purchasing 2013 Season Tickets or a Holiday Pack.
For preparations on the field, a major announcement was made on November 12 when Randy Ready (pictured left) was confirmed as the new manager of the G-Braves. Ready is just the second manager in club history (since 2009), replacing Dave Brundage, who took the managerial post with Lehigh Valley.
If you haven’t already read up on Ready, here’s a few details. The 52-year-old Dallas, Texas native is joining the Atlanta Braves organization for the first time after spending last year as the minor league hitting coordinator for the Texas Rangers. Prior to 2012 he was the Major League hitting coach for the San Diego Padres from 2009 to 2011. He’s managed a total of eight seasons in the minors, mostly in the Padres system, compiling a 489-466 record. Ready led Double-A San Antonio to a Texas League Championship in 2007 and was elected to the Texas League Hall of Fame shortly after. In 2008, he managed Triple-A Portland of the Pacific Coast League and was named the PCL’s “Best Managerial Prospect” by Baseball America. On top of his coaching career, Ready also played parts of 13 seasons in Major League Baseball with the Milwaukee Brewers, San Diego Padres, Philadelphia Phillies, Oakland Athletics and Montreal Expos.
Our friends over at WDUN talked with Ready by phone last week and have shared the audio clip with us. In the interview, he weighs in on the 2012 G-Braves club, his thoughts on player development and winning at the minor league level, joining the Atlanta Braves organization, how his Major League career has prepared him to manage and more.
Listen Here: Randy Ready WDUN Interview (11.21.12)
Ready’s 2013 Gwinnett Braves club hits the field on Thursday, April 4 for a 7:05 PM game at Coolray Field. That’s still a long ways off, but you can continue to keep up with everything G-Braves by checking out GwinnettBraves.com, facebook.com/GwinnettBraves1 and twitter.com/GwinnettBraves!