MISSOULA, Mont. - It doesn't feel like we can hit the baseball diamond anytime soon but believe it or not opening day for the Major Leagues is less than three months away.
Thursday the Missoula Osprey announced they will have a new face leading the way for the summer of 2017. Gone will be Joe Mather who managed the past two Osprey teams and in his stead will be Mike Benjamin.
Benjamin's last managing stint was in 2015 with the Single-A Kane County Cougars. Benjamin had a lengthy pro career after being drafted out of Arizona State to the San Francisco Giants in 1987. He went on to play 13 seasons at the MLB level from 1989-2002 with time on the Giants, Phillies, Red Sox and Pirates.
Benjamin's most famous time as a big leaguer came in 1995 with the Giants when he had six hits in one game and set an MLB record with 14 hits over a three-game span.
Former O's mamager Joe Mather is still serving as a coach for the Diamondbacks system, he'll be an addition coach for the Double-A Jackson Generals.
Also new to the Osprey this summer will be Micah Franklin as the hitting coach and Shane Loux as their pitching coach. The Osprey season will open their Pioneer League season on June 19 in Billings.