The North Adams SteepleCats have a new manager. The team introduced Bryan Adamski as its 10th manager at a press conference Thursday morning.
Pictured from left to right: Exec. Vice President and General Manager, Sean McGrath; new Manager Bryan Adamski; President Dan Bosley; and Chairman of the Board Duncan Brown.
"For the SteepleCats organization that has a lot of philosophies, beliefs and principles that we operate under and we have demonstrated over the last 11 years," general manager Sean McGrath said, "I have absolutely no hesitation, complete confidence that Brian is going to represent the SteepleCats organization on and off the field, along those same principles and philosophies."
Adamski will lead a team of 28 players from across the country, which presents a host of challenges. The biggest is figuring out how to get them playing for a common goal and not their own personal agendas. With just a two-month season to work with, that becomes even tougher.
If he can do that, the team could be reminiscent of the 2010 squad that advanced to the semifinals. But it starts right away. A 40-game schedule allows little room for error, which is why Adamski said he’ll adapt his coaching style to whatever will get the team in the win column during the first couple weeks.
"I’d love to sit here and tell you we’ll get it done by the three-run homer because that’s’ obviously the easier route, but like I said, if we have to manufacture runs, we’ll certainly do it," Adamski said. "The rosters are very unsettled during that first week and a half, two weeks. But with that being said, in terms of wins and losses, it’s important to sneak out as many wins as you can. Hopefully you’ve got enough arms to keep you in games, and that’s where the small ball piece may come in."
Adamski has spent the past three seasons at Amherst College as an assistant to Brian Hamm -- who was an assistant with the SteepleCats. Adamski has been working primarily with the hitters but will switch over to the pitchers this season.
He has experience as a position player and a pitcher at the collegiate level, including in the Cape Cod Baseball League and New England Collegiate Baseball League.
He played in the Cape as a field player, was released and picked up by another team as a pitcher. He also played both in the NECBL when he played two seasons for the Holyoke Giants (now the Blue Sox). He also spent the 2010 season as a coach for Holyoke.
"He’s going to bring the baseball acumen and baseball intelligence," McGrath said. "His versatility, his flexibility is going to be very valuable to him this summer."