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Wathan excited for first season in Lehigh Valley

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Wathan excited for first season in Lehigh Valley

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Wathan excited for first season in Lehigh Valley
http://chic.clipsyndicate.com/video/playlist/12519/6836983?cpt=8&wpid=2637 Mon, 20 Mar 2017 22:19:27 +0000 Wathan excited for first season in Lehigh Valley Wathan excited for first season in Lehigh Valley http://chic.clipsyndicate.com/video/playlist/12519/6836983?cpt=8&wpid=2637 WFMZ Allentown, PA we are just two-and-a-half weeks from the ironpigs season opener at home against pawtucket. meantime, the 'pigs new manager continues to gearing up for his new gig down in clearwater. wfmz's dave lesko has more. 3 3 dave leskoformer reading skipper dusty wathan will be the ironpigs new boss hogg in 2017. the 43-year old is excited for the opportunity to move up in the phillies farm system and inch closer to making the major leagues.dusty wathan"everybody, their whole goal is to move up in this game, whether you're a player, you're a scout, you're a trainer, everybody wants to get to the major leagues, that's your goal. any job you're in, you want to get to the top and eventually i'd like to get to the top in some capacity, whether it be as a coach or a manager. this is one step closer to having that chance."dave leskoin addition to some holdovers that wathan managed a few years ago, a number of last year's fightin phils will also make the jump to triple a this season, making the transition a fairly seamless one. dusty wathan"a lot of time in triple a, from my playing days, there's a feeling out period with the manager, and with the other guys on the team. you know, you're kind of here in big league camp, and you're kind of with each other, but i'm not really in charge, they're kind of feeling their way through it. you don't really feel comfortable with each other maybe for the first couple weeks of the season, but i don't think we'll have that this year. i think everybody's comfortable with everybody around them and hopefully we can hit the ground running."dave leskolast season reading posted an eastern league best 89-52 record while the ironpigs went 85-58. wathan expects to continue that success this season knowing the talent he'll be in charge of will make coming to the park every night a pleasurable experience. dusty wathan"i mean there were a couple of years there in reading where we weren't very good. we were hoping to win a couple games a week, and now we expect to win every night when we get to the ballpark. it's exciting when you have a chance to win every night. every pitcher you thow out there you think has a chance to go six, seven, eight innings and give us a chance to win. i think we have a lot of talent. there's a lot of depth too. there's going to be some guys that are going to be sitting on the bench every night that would be hitting third and fourth in a lot of lineups in the international league. so, injuries happen, promotions happen, but i feel confident about the guys that are going to be in reading or the guys that aren't going to get to play everyday, to be able to step in and contribute to a club, where a lot of times you don't have that luxury."at phillies spring training in clearwater, florida, dave lesko 69




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