The Winnipeg Goldeyes have a new manager. Former Chicago Cubs infielder, Logan Watkins was named the fifth manager in club history on Wednesday.
Bringing two-plus seasons in the same role with the Cleburne Railroaders, Goldeyes President, Sam Katz, knew Watkins was the man for the job.
“Logan knows what it takes to play this game at the highest level, and he has the experience recruiting players and building a roster that is so important in our league,” Katz shared in a press release. “He’s someone I believe players will want to play for and will wear the Goldeyes uniform proudly”.
The former Cubs minor league player of the year made his major league debut on Aug. 4, 2013, against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Watkins would go on to record 24 hits with one home run and six runs batted in over 58 major league games.
When asked how he would classify himself as a manager, Watkins shared this in a press release. “I would describe myself as player’s manager. I only retired from playing in 2020 so I relate well to the players of today, but I grew up playing in an old school era and can appreciate both mentalities.”
“I’ll be looking to assemble a team of guys who understand the history of the Goldeyes as well as the expectations of playing for Winnipeg. We will be one of the hardest playing teams in the league and I will look to find players that match that mindset.”
Watkins takes over former bench boss, Greg Tagert after the Goldeyes went 43-57 ending in last place in the West Division.