Writing this, the 51’s only have 4 games remaining. Playoffs, or not, it’s been an exciting season for the Las Vegas PCL team. If they didn’t play in the same division with the always hot Sacramento River Cats, the 51’s would have made the postseason.
Many future stars made there way through the valley. Guys like Anthony Gose, Adam Lind, David Cooper, Moises Sierra and Travis Snider, to name a few, all donned the 51’s uniform at one time or another this season.
I would have mentioned Travis d’Arnaud, but he could be back next year, if the Jays keep their Triple A team in Las Vegas, which right now is up in the air. Well, that’s what I read.
Anyhow, my problems aren’t with the players that I just mentioned, it’s the lack of respect for the 51’s manager Marty Brown.
Brown lost out on PCL manager of the year to the guy from the Albuquerque Isotopes. Really!!! Come one now. Taking nothing away from Mr. Bundy, but Brown is the PCL M-O-Y. Not only did he manage in a ball park that is a death nail for pitchers, but he did it with two different teams. All those guys I mentioned in the 2nd paragraph were either recalled, or traded, throughout the season. They were replaced by guys from Double A and beyond.
Through out it all, the 51’s kept winning. As of August 31st, the 51’s record is 77-62, 2nd place behind the Cats. The Isotopes record is 77-63, 1st place in their division. How Brown does not win is beyond me. I know the voting is conducted by the 16 field managers in the league and media representatives from each PCL city, but some had to be voting twice or abstaining.
Just my opinion, but it’s time for Brown to get a major league chance, at least as a coach.
One more thing, shortstop Adeiny Hechaverria, another guy who left for the Jays, was named to all-PCL team. The Isotopes, (once again) without as good as record as the 51’s, had 4 players.
Finally, Cosmo is still the best mascot minor league mascot. Cosmo lost out to eventual winner, Orbit, from..bum, bum, bum, the Isotopes.