Welcome back IronBirds fans! Thanks again to all of our wonderful fans who not only submitted questions over the past week but attended IronFest this past Saturday. Make sure to keep those questions coming, especially now that Opening Day is one month from tomorrow! You can always email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Steve writes: “I know Matt Merullo is back as the IronBirds skipper this season. Who else will be in the coaching staff?”
IB: Well Steve, the rest of the coaching staff will actually be new to Aberdeen this year. This year Scott Thomas will be joining the IronBirds as the hitting coach. Thomas was drafted by the Red Sox in 2003 out of Chaminade College School. Throughout his time in the minors, Thomas played for multiple clubs including the Cardinals and the Phillies, but after a few years playing independent ball, was picked up by the Orioles in 2012. In 2012, he played for the Keys, Baysox and Tides before finishing his playing career.
Justin Lord will be joining us as the pitching coach. Lord played his college career with Florida State before ultimately landing in the Kansas City Royals organization. He then spent a few years in the Pirates organization before finishing his career in an independent league.
We are very excited to have them both join our staff this season!
Luke writes: “I saw Parker Bridwell almost threw a no hitter last week for Frederick. Did he ever play for the IronBirds?”
IB: Yes Luke he did! Bridewell joined the IronBirds in September of 2010 where he was able to pitch in two games. He came back to the IronBirds in 2011 where he pitched in 12 games.
Thanks again to all our fans for submitting their questions. Make sure to check back on Thursday to get more information on the IronBirds‘ newest program, Hometown Hereos!
Until then…Go IronBirds!