PORT HAWKESBURY: The Richmond Amateur Baseball Association will have its teams return to the field soon, but there will be a notable absence from the usual roster of squads.
“It’s a little disappointing, but that’s the way it goes with player availability,” said Joey Mcnamara, coach of the Port Hawkesbury Bucs, a local team sitting out the 2019 RABA season.
“When you put a team together of any sort, commitment has to be a part of it. It’s not fair to the other players or the league to be unable to field a team every game, so we came to the unfortunate realization that this is something we had to do.
“Hopefully, it’s just for the year.”
With graduates from the Midget program in Strait Area Minor Ball, Mcnamara is hoping the Bucs will be able to be a competitive team once again, very possibly for the summer of 2020.
The Bucs had a meeting on Sunday, May 19, when the decision was made.
“We had numbers and names,” Mcnamara said. “We had lots of guys showing interest, but we needed commitment. If it worked out that every second guys was there 50 per cent of the time, we’d have no problem.”
It wasn’t an easy decision for stalwarts with the Bucs to make, but Mcnamara said it wouldn’t be fair to hold up the season. He added that he’s sympathetic with players who, occasionally, can’t make a game due to work or family commitments.
“But, in general, you want some commitment that people will be there ready to play,” he said.
Of course, the Bucs’ loss might be a boon to other teams, as some players are talking about visiting the dugout of other RABA squads for the season.
As far as action at the Dan Willie MacDonald Memorial Ball Park goes, Mcnamara said he’s confident minor ball will provide many competitive games.