MLB legend, Tim Raines recently sat down with me to talk about the team which he is currently working with, The Newark Bears. The Newark Bears are a minor league team in an independent league called the Canadian American Association of Professional Baseball (Can-Am League).
In this portion of an interview done on Monday, May 14, 2012, Raines talks about two of his key players, MLB Vet Daryle Ward, and Former Detroit Tiger’s Prospect Billy Alvino.
Take a listen to what he thinks the current state of the Bears is, as well as what these two players need to do to get back to the majors.
For those of you that don’t remember, Ward, 36, is a former slugger that played primarily first base, however he also played both corner outfield positions, most recently with the Chicago Cubs during the 2008 season.
To date, Ward has a MLB career batting average of a respectable .263. During the 11 years that he played, he hit 90 bombs with 379 rbis.
His career highs during the season saw him hit 20 bombs and have 72 rbi’s, both with the Astros in two separate seasons.
Alvino on the other hand, is just 24 and has yet to make it to the majors. He was original signed by the Detroit Tigers as a free agent in 2009.
Last season while playing with the Bears, Alvino batted .305 with just 26 rbi. He also had two bombs.
Obviously his batting average is fantastic for a catcher, however he will have to work on his power to get the call back. His defense however, needs little to no work, as he is widely considered to be one of the top defensive catchers in the league.