Herts Baseball Club has confirmed that Duncan Hoyle is the new manager of the Herts Eagles. This announcement comes just 48 hours after Hoyle sustained a heavy injury in Herts Spring League (HSL) action on Saturday. He is expected to be on the DL for around six weeks and everyone at Herts wishes him a full and speedy recovery.
Rather than letting the serious injury bring him down, Hoyle chose to stay positive and put his name forward for the vacant Eagles Manager position. “Herts is a great club to be involved with and I am looking forward to the challenge” said Hoyle.
Hoyle joined Herts Baseball Club last season playing for the Herts Raptors in the British Single-A League so he is familiar with the challenge ahead for the Herts Eagles. He will also be able to count on coaches Arnie Longboy, Glen Downer and Ken Pike who will make themselves available as supporting coaching staff whenever they do not have duties as players or coaches of one of the other Herts teams. Hoyle may also be appointing other Eagles members to perform coaching roles for the team this season.
The Eagles have two more weekends of HSL games before they open their 2012 campaign with a home game against the Richmond Dukes on Sunday, 15 April. First pitch 12:00. The injury will prevent Hoyle from making his debut as Manager until Opening Day and in the meantime a caretaker manager will be in charge of the Eagles for the next two HSL weeks, starting with this Saturday’s game with the Great Britain Under-15 National Team.