(South Bend, IN) - Major League Baseball is still stalled in a winter lockout, but the minor league organization is ready for spring.
The South Bend Cubs have announced their coaching staff for the upcoming season. Last year’s manager Michael Ryan moved up the ranks to manage Double-A Tennessee, and new skipper Lance Rymel will come up from the Rookie League, after several other coaching stints in the Cubs organization. Rymel was a minor league player himself in the Cubs farm system.
Another notable addition to the staff is D’Angelo Jimenez, who will be the Cubs’ bench coach. Jimenez is a former Yankee who played eight seasons in the Major Leagues.
Single-game tickets for the South Bend Cubs go on sale in less than a month. If the MLB lockout continues, minor league games may be the only baseball to watch this spring. Luckily for local baseball fans, most minor league players do not play under the same contracts as their big league counterparts. Opening day in South Bend is scheduled for April 8.