Sean T. McMann has been at the Poughkeepsie Journal since 2000, and is the beat reporter for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays Class A Short Season Hudson Valley Renegades. Several of the current Devil Ray players started their professional baseball career in the Hudson Valley area with the Renagades. On a side note, I actually was born and raised in Poughkeepise so doing this interview brought back memories. I used to be a paper boy for the Journal as a teenager. I want to thank Sean for taking the time to do this interview.
DRAYS BAY : Are you strictly the beat reporter for the Renagades, or do you report on other Sports?
DRAYS BAY : Did you work at other papers before coming to the Journal? What was your path to landing here?
Renegades beat reporter was in 2001.
DRAYS BAY : I saw that the GM Brian Cashman of the Yankees was recently in town for the Hudson Valley Renegades' first annual hot stove dinner and benefit auction, any good tidbits from when he came to speak?
Here is a reprint of part of the article that ran in the Poughkeepsie Journal dated Feb 5 about the Hot Stove event. It was at this event that Cashman pretty much hints that Tino Martinez will be the everyday first baseman in 2005, with Jason Giambi will be the everyday DH.
Poughkeepsie (N.Y.) Journal
FISHKILL, N.Y. -- It wasn't all handshakes and autographs Friday night.
Brian Cashman, the general manager of the New York Yankees, said he expects Tino Martinez to be the Bronx Bombers' everyday first baseman this season, while Jason Giambi, returning from myriad illnesses that sidelined him in 2004, will be the team's regular designated hitter.
Speaking at a fund-raiser for Pitch for Kids, a charitable foundation established by the short-season, Class A Hudson Valley Renegades, Cashman said Giambi, who told a federal grand jury in 2003 that he used steroids, should be ready for the beginning of the season.
``I'm rooting for him,'' said Cashman, who's been in contact with the ailing slugger recently. ``Physically, he looked great. It remains to be seen about the mental part of this thing. That's a heavy burden to go through.''
With the acquisitions of pitchers like Carl Pavano, Jaret Wright and
Randy Johnson -- ``The biggest fish was Randy Johnson,'' he said -- Cashman said he's
confident in the team the Yankees will field this season.
``I have no doubt we're strong,'' he said
DRAYS BAY: There are several Gades Alumni on the Rays roster.Do you have a particular story or memory about any of these players?
DRAYS BAY: The Class A Short Season Hudson Valley Renegades seems like a league where alot
of recently signed college players get to play, is that the case?
DRAYS BAY:What was it like seeing some ex MLB players come thru town as coaches of the Brooklyn cyclones?
DRAYS BAY: Can you tell me a little about the Renegades Manager Dave Howard.
DRAYS BAY : Former MLB pitching coach Dick Bossman will be the Gades pitching coach? How did that come about?
DRAYS BAY : Are there any players that really impressed you who came through Hudson Valley?
Sandberg ... guys who either on their way to the majors or who have made it to The Show. On the field, guys like this have been enjoyable to watch as players. But even guys like catcher Brent Cordell or, this past season, John Jaso: They're guys who started with the Renegades as relatively unheralded or reserves, worked their tail off, and have had surprisingly successful seasons in Fishkill. Jaso, for example, switched between DH, 1B and C last year and became the only Renegade named to the New York-Penn League all-star team this past summer. So while it's fun to watch high draft picks spend begin their pro careers here (this year, for instance, we had the Rays' fourth- and sixth-round picks), it's also interesting to see which unsung draft picks are going to make the most of their time here and improve their status with the Rays' brass.
DRAYS BAY : The Rays just signed a four year agreement with Renegades. Any chance down the road the they will become a full season minor league franchise?
DRAYS BAY : What do you think about Baseball blogs as a traditional media journalist?