By Matt Noonan
BROCKTON, MA – Last year, the Brockton Rox saw a promising season end during the first round of the CanAm League playoffs, as the Pittsfield Colonials beat them in a best of five-game series, three games to one.
“Well, I don’t think I ever get over a loss,” Brockton Rox CEO Chris Carminucci said. “I’m still getting over that butt-kicking last year.”
Yet, last September is in their rearview mirror because a brand new CanAm League season is right around the corner and yes, the Rox are ready to win.
“We’ve made some improvements, we’ve [improved] our bullpen and we think we’re ready to go, so all we can do is go out their and play,” Carminucci said.
“Right now, we want to win right away,” Rox pitcher Mike Smith said. “We have a great core [of players], we got a lot of new faces that are going to help and our manager and hitting coach are going to be great assets to us.”
The Rox have indeed made a few changes to their roster, but one of their biggest acquisitions this past off-season was hiring former Boston Red Sox first basemen, Bill Buckner, who certainly is excited to begin his stint as Brockton’s manager.
“I’m going to do everything I can to make them a successful organization,” Buckner said. “Minor League baseball, Independent baseball is very competitive. It’s a daily grind and getting people out to the ballpark, that’s the bottom line, we’ve got to have people at the park. [Brockton fans] like to see a good product [and] we’re going to try and put a good product out there [every night].”
Brockton’s season begins on Thursday May 26, at Campanelli Stadium, as the Rox host the Worcester Tornadoes at 7:05pm.
“Long and short, our goal is to win this whole thing, our goal is to draw a lot of fans and our goal is to make sure this is a great season and the only way it’s going to be a great season if we go all the way and last year, we thought we had the team to do it [but] the better team won.”