WAREHAM – The Gatemen will be welcoming back a familiar face in 2019 as Jerry Weinstein will return to Wareham and manage the Gatemen next season.
Weinstein heads back to Wareham to manage the club for a second stint after two years away from the team.
Jerry Weinstein throwing BP to the team back in 2016.
In 2016, Weinstein led the club to a 25-15-4 record overall and a second place finish in the West Division during his first year as Wareham's manager. The 25 regular season wins were the most for Wareham since 2001 when they also had 25 wins.
“I had a very positive experience in Wareham the first time around because of the people involved. I would like to have stayed, but had too many irons in the fire,” Jerry Weinstein said.
Last summer, Weinstein was back on the Cape after a summer away. Weinstein spent the 2018 season on the coaching staff for the Cotuit Kettleers, the team Wareham knocked out in the first round of the playoffs.
Before that, Weinstein had a busy 2017. He was the manager of the Hartford Yard Goats, the Double-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, for one season. In addition, Weinstein also managed Team Israel in the World Baseball Classic in March of the same year.
As for this upcoming season, Weinstein has large shoes to fill. The Gatemen are coming off their eighth league title after Don Sneddon led the team to the championship win in just his second year at the helm.
Back in August, Weinstein acknowledged on Twitter the large role he has to fill.
Despite the big shoes to fill, Weinstein notes that winning is not everything in a league like the Cape. For the 2019 season, he has a list of six goals he wants the Gatemen to achieve:
“A. Make sure players have a positive experience.
B. Keep them healthy.
C. Improve the skill level of each & every player.
D. Play fast/smart & compete to the best of our ability on every pitch.
E. Have great team chemistry. (Play for one another)
F. Learn to put process over outcome,” Weinstein said.
If the Weinstein and the Gatemen can come close to completing these goals, it is safe to say their title defense is in good hands.