(AP) - As the sun sets in Portland, the former Scalpers arrive
in their new home city Cordoba, Argentina. Although the city
is not as populated as Buenos Aires, Cordoba was chosen by
the Scalpers owner Robert Wyatt
for the newly named Argentina
Archers. "We chose Cordoba for a few reasons," Wyatt said.
"This city is absolutely beautiful, especially with the Andes
as the backdrop. With the mountain climate, we expect the
long ball to be a little more prominent in our offense. Plus,
the fans in Buenos Aires are still disheartened since they
lost the Llamas."
new stadium for the Archers will be called Roy Campanella
Memorial Park, and is patterned after Oriole Park at Camden
Yards. Roy Campanella, who passed away in 1993, was the driving
force behind Wyatt's former team, the Diablos, run to the
Weaver Series in the early days of the Weaver League. "I was
fond of Roy as soon as I saw his work ethic and numbers. There
were plenty of talented All-Time catchers to choose from,
but Campy was my choice right off the bat. A lot of the other
owners thought I was making the wrong decision, but Campy
put up an MVP type year, and it got me a chance at the Weaver
Cup. This is the best way to honor his memory," Wyatt said.
former teammate Don Mattingly has been named the new manager
of the Archers. Mattingly had this to say, "This is a very
exciting opportunity for me. We have a lot of youth here.
The potential is definitely here to contend with the top teams.
It's my job to see that these young guys play as they should.
I've also pointed out to Mr. Wyatt that there are problems
in the clubhouse to address, and positions that need to be
upgraded, and I expect him to live up to his responsibility."
former Diablo Sid Fernandez, is back full time as the teams
pitching coach. Last seasons controversy with Rio actually
picking up the aging free agent, sparked a debate in the Weaver
Forum. With the temporary absence of Fernandez in September,
as he was activated to Rio's
major league roster, the Scalpers ERA's all increased. Now
that Fernandez has officially retired, he has plans for the
new look pitching staff. "We have a new starter and 3 new
pitchers in the bullpen up from AAA. They should all be improvements
over last seasons pitchers. I am excited to work with Rollins,
who should be one of the top pitchers in 2 or 3 seasons."
all of the changes in management and locations, the Archers
may have a great many distractions. However, Wyatt is very
confident in is team this season and in the seasons to come,
"Don has challenged me to get the job done. He is here to
win, and I am anxious to so. It's been three seasons now since
I began this rebuilding process, and it's time to get back
on the rise. After all the deals taking steps back, it's time
to take steps forward."