NEW COACHING STAFF BOLSTERS JETHAWKS.Byline: Bryan Winchell Special to the Daily News
The Lancaster JetHawks The Lancaster JetHawks are a minor league baseball team in Lancaster, California, USA. They are a Class-A Advanced team in the California League, and are a farm team of the Boston Red Sox. have an all-new coaching staff for 1997, and the three new coaches bring some impressive credentials from the professional baseball ranks.
At a press conference at Lancaster Municipal Stadium on Friday afternoon, 13-year major-league shortstop Rick Burelson and 16-year major-league pitcher Jim Slaton
The team also announced its 1997 schedule. The season will start at home April 3 against High Desert.
Burelson, who was a four-time All-Star and made a World Series appearance in 1975 for the Red Sox, comes to Lancaster after spending two seasons as the California Angels' third-base coach. This is his first managing position, and he replaces Dave Brundage, who was promoted to class-AA Memphis.
``(Managing) is something I've always wanted to pursue,'' said Burelson, 45. ``It was just a matter of timing. As manager, I get to call the shots, and that's something I've always been interested in.''
Burelson, who was nicknamed the ``Rooster'' for his fiery play, said he has mellowed some through the years, but fans can still expect to see his aggressive side.
``I can't expect everyone to play the way I did,'' Burelson said. ``But once you get between the white lines there are certain expectations that I think I can try to instill in·still
To pour in drop by drop.
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its crowing at dawn heralds each new day. [Western Folklore: Leach, 329]
See : Dawn
symbol of maleness. [Folklore: Binder, 85]
See : Virility out there at times.''
Slaton, who played with Burelson on the Angels from 1984 to 1985, attended Antelope Valley College Antelope Valley College is a comprehensive community college located in Lancaster, California, USA. It is operated by the Antelope Valley Community College District, with a primary service area of 1,945 square miles covering portions of Los Angeles and Kern counties. in the late 1960s and went on to play on the 1977 All-Star team and earned a victory in the 1982 World Series for Milwaukee. He replaces Juan Eichelberger and says he is happy to be back home.
``I thought a long time ago there would someday be a stadium here in Lancaster and a chance for minor-league baseball,'' Slaton said. ``Obviously, they've done a fantastic job here. It's a great stadium.''
Williams was unable to make the trip from his home in Pittsburgh. He replaces Delwyn Young, and he briefly joined the Red Sox major-league club in 1989 before beginning his coaching career last year as a player-coach with the Sioux City Explorers The Sioux City Explorers, initially called the Soos are an independent minor league baseball team in the American Association. Based in Sioux City, Iowa, the Explorers are not affiliated with any Major League Baseball team. They play their home games at Lewis and Clark Park. .