The 2002 Outlaw coaching staff has been named.
Brian Budzyn (team owner) has retained the majority of the staff from
last year, with a few notable additions.
Tommy Lasorda returns as GM. Tommy
is best known for his motivational speeches, but also has been instrumental in
scouting and drafting. Lasorda has
recommended many players late in the draft who have gone on to successful
Brassball careers. He also helps
out with the pre-game food spread.
Nolan Ryan returns for his eighth season as manager of the Outlaws.
His attitude and outlook exemplify what the Outlaws preach to their
players. He may need a bit more
Advil this season.
Third Base Coach:
If there were a player that would best fit the outlaw mold, it would be Lenny
Dykstra. Lenny had started an
automotive repair and car wash in nearby Simi Valley, but closed up shop when he
was asked to coach the Outlaws. Dykstra
returns to coach third base for the Outlaws.
Jerry DiPoto returns for his second season as pitching coach.
DiPoto pitched four seasons for the Outlaws (1997 – 2000).
He was re-signed as an unrestricted free agent following the 2000 season,
but an unfortunate illness forced him to retire.
Budzyn asked Jerry to remain with the team as pitching coach. DiPoto has tutored prospects Matt Clement and Doug Davis,
both who seem to have a lock on rotation spots entering the 2002 season.
When it comes to personal fitness and bodybuilding & shaping in the Southern
California area, nobody questions Sara Garber’s expertise.
Sara was a “trainer to the stars” in Hollywood before joining the
Outlaws staff last season. She has
her work cut out for this year when Wilson Alvarez rolls into camp.
A graduate of Arizona State University, Budzyn’s brother Dr. Mark Budzyn,
joins the staff this year. Mark had
previously held the position of team trainer a few seasons ago.
Mark may be best known to the Strat-O-Matic world for winning the
championship in another league just prior to that league’s collapse. The cost of losing his team has kept him away from investing
his money and owning a team again.
Brian’s father, Jim Budzyn, returns for his eighth season as head
groundskeeper. As his son did for him while growing up, Jim cuts the grass
Others coaches include:
Bench Coach: TBA