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Baseball Season Is Back at the Corn Crib!

Submitted by on May 15, 2014 – 9:52 pm

by David Petschenko

There aren’t many better words in the English language than “baseball is back” and as of this Friday, May 16th, those words can be uttered again. Coming off a season with a team record 46 wins (17 more than 2013) and four players selected to the Frontier League All-Star Game, CornBelters Field Manager Brooks Carey had every baseball fan in Normal excited for the 2014 season.

The opening day roster for the CornBelters looks drastically different than it did at the beginning of the 2013 season. Only eight players from last year’s team remain on the roster. Of those eight, three of them made the Frontier League All-Star Game (McKenna, Provence, Schwartz). Also returning to this year’s team is catcher Tyler Shover, who hit .283, which was good enough for fourth on the team. Infielder Santiago Chirino who’s defensive play, paired with Pat McKenna can be a “game changer”, says Carey. And closer Alan Oaks who finished the 2013 season with 14 saves and an ERA of 1.99.

Owner Steve Malliet and General Manager Kyle Kreger have done an impressive job finding talent during the offseason and a lot of people will be excited to see just how far this CornBelters team will go. During the offseason, the Belters went out and added outfielder Mark Micowski who led the Frontier Greys in RBI last season with 46; infielder Richard Lucas who played for the Double-A affiliate of the New York Mets last season and will bring a lot of professional experience to the team; and outfielder Roman Hernandez who spent three seasons in the Cuban League and manager Brooks Carey believes will be a “big piece of the puzzle”. In total, the CornBelters added nine pitchers, four infielders, and four outfielders in hopes of making its first Frontier League playoffs in its short history.

The offseason additions the CornBelters have brought in, along with the strong core of All-Star caliber players who remain on the roster should make for a very exciting season at the Corn Crib. Expectations and hopes are high for Normal baseball fans as the team kicks off the season this Friday, May 16th against the Evansville Otters.

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