Some shocking offseason news came down this week, as James Draveck decided to step down from his managerial post. In his absence, Doug Bush has decided to reclaim his former managerial post, bringing back the Lil’ Pens.
Doug Bush has a storied history as a manger in the league. Every team he has managed has made the OCWA Championship game, along with the Opening Day Tourney finals. As a manager, he is a two-time Opening Day Tourney champion (2010, 2011) and a one-time OCWA Champion (2009), and in that year he also won Pitcher and Manager of the Year. His teams tend to struggle on offense, but he surrounds himself with enough talented pitchers to win games. As a manager he has a career 38-17 record over three years.
Bush will be making some additions to the current roster. He is keeping James Draveck, Richie Chute, and Tommy Wagner, but will be picking up players that have not been named yet, although would-be rookie Zach Carpin has been rumored, as well as Nate St. Ours. Bush has stated that he will release a final roster before the Opening Day Tourney.