Ogden Raptors hires Beauchamp as manager; Official timetable for 2022 | News, sports, jobs

BRIAN WOLFER, special about the standard examiner

Ogden Raptors players Pavin Parks (13) and Jakob Goldfarb (23) celebrate Parks’ home run in the first inning against the Boise Hawks in the Pioneer League South Division Championship playoff game on Saturday, September 11, 2021, at Lindquist Field in Ogden .

After the first run in the newly independent Pioneer Baseball League, the Ogden Raptors are already preparing for the 2022 season. The Raptors have hired a new manager and the league has released the schedule for next summer.

Kash Beauchamp will lead the Raptors in 2022, team president Dave Baggott told the Standard Examiner. The move was also announced in a video posted on the team’s Facebook page in which Baggott said last year’s manager Dean Stiles and assistant coach Jeff Lyle moved on to other options.

Beauchamp is a former No. 1 overall ranking (1982, Toronto Blue Jays) and has had extensive experience in minor league management, particularly in independent leagues, since 1994. He has been an independent league scout for the Arizona Diamondbacks since 2017.

Beauchamp reportedly suffered a serious injury in the Triple-A just before his call to play in the majors, but later became the first player to sign with a major league club from an independent league when he was 0.367 in the Northern League reached and was signed by the Cincinnati Reds in 1993.

“This is a great opportunity for us and with the connections in baseball that Kash has, we should fill our roster well for 2022,” Baggott said in the video.

SCHEDULE 2022

The PBL released the schedule for the 2022 season, which includes a newly expanded league with 10 teams, with the Orem Owlz running after a move to Northern Colorado Owlz and an expansion team in Flathead County, Montana (near Kalispell and Whitefish) .

The league will continue to be divided into the North and South divisions. Flathead County’s expansion team joins Missoula, Billings, Great Falls, and Idaho Falls to the north. Northern Colorado joins Boise, Grand Junction, Ogden and Rocky Mountain to the south.

The Raptors open the season on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 with a home series of six games against Grand Junction. The 2021 season had constant rest days every Tuesday; the 2022 schedule is less consistent with non-working days, although most of the schedule includes a non-working day every Monday.

The season will remain at 96 games and will be split into two halves again. The first half ends on July 17th and the regular season ends on September 10th. A schedule sent by the Raptors shows that home games at Lindquist Field are due to start at 7pm, with Sundays starting at 2pm; As usual, the games outside of Sunday will move to Monday, August 29th, after the start of the school year at 6:30 p.m.

The 2022 schedule also seems to correct wild imbalances from the 2021 schedule, where teams played twice as often against opponents from the other league as against teams in their own league.

The Raptors are expected to play 75 games against opponents within their own southern league and 21 against teams from the north. From the south, Ogden plays most often in northern Colorado – 24 times, with an even split of 12-12 on Home Street. The Raptors play Grand Junction and Rocky Mountain 18 times each, and Boise 15 times.

Against the north, Ogden plays nine times against Idaho Falls, six times against Missoula and Billings and will not play against Great Falls or the expansion team Flathead during the regular season.

The Raptors hit 54-42 in the 2021 season, won the first half by a record 29-19, and lost in the South Division playoff game to the Boise Hawks.

AWARDS 2021

The Pioneer League also announced postseason awards for the 2021 season earlier this month. The Raptors had three players called to the All-Star Team: outfielder Josh Broughton and Jakob Goldfarb and designated hitter David Maberry.

Maberry won the league batting title with a .412 batting average. Missoula catcher Zac Almond was named league MVP and teammate Mark Simon named pitcher of the year.

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