Colborn pitches in to help Blue Sox

EX-MA­JOR LEAGUE COACH BRINGS EX­PE­RI­ENCE

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - SPORT - Jil­lian McKee

THE Syd­ney Blue Sox will add some Ma­jor League ex­pe­ri­ence with ex-LA Dodgers coach Jim Colborn.

Colborn has been ap­pointed pitch­ing coach for the 2015/16 sea­son, bring­ing years of Ma­jor League base­ball ex­pe­ri­ence to the side.

He be­gan his Ma­jor League ca­reer as a player dur­ing the 1960s and ‘ 70s be­fore coach­ing with the Dodgers, Pitts­burgh Pi­rates and, most re­cently, the Texas Rangers.

Colborn will join Blue Sox man­ager Ja­son Pospishil, who will re­turn for his fourth sea­son.

Colborn said coach­ing in Syd­ney was the per­fect op­por­tu­nity.

“I have al­ways been in­trigued with Syd­ney,” he said.

“I think it is one of the most beau­ti­ful ci­ties in the world. I have been a scout for the last few years and I need to get back to what I do best … the Blue Sox gave me the op­por­tu­nity to do both.

“I look for­ward to pass­ing on what­ever I can that might make th­ese boys bet­ter per­sons and bet­ter pitch­ers.”

Pospishil shared Colborn’s ex­cite­ment. “The chance for our play­ers to work with a coach of his cal­i­bre will be an im­mense pos­i­tive to our or­gan­i­sa­tion.”

The Blue Sox have fin­ished in the top three for the past four years.

They will open the sea­son against the Mel­bourne Aces on Fri­day at Mel­bourne Ball­park.

The chance for our play­ers to work with a coach of his cal­i­bre will be an im­mense pos­i­tive to our or­gan­i­sa­tion.

– -JA­SON POSPISHIL

Pic­ture: ABL ME­DIA/JON SOOHOO

Ex-LA Dodgers coach Jim Colborn will coach the Syd­ney Blue Sox this sea­son.

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