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The Teams They Are a-Changin'

The BlueSox will have two new opponents in the Prospect League this summer in teams from Kokomo, Indiana and Jamestown, New York.

The Kokomo Jackrabbits will play at Municipal Stadium, a brand new facility that will hold a capacity of 4,000, making it one of the largest parks in the League. It will be the first ballpark in Kokomo since the 1950s, when the city hosted a farm team from the Brooklyn Dodgers.

"I believe Kokomo will be one of the premier franchises in all of summer collegiate ball," Chillicothe Paints' owner Chris Hanners told ProspectLeague.com. "The city is a perfect spot for a franchise and we see it as the showcase for our league going forward."

Greg van Horn will lead Kokomo on the field. A former shortstop and assistant coach for the Paints, van Horn is currently an assistant coach at Princeton University.

Kokomo is located in central Indiana, about a six-hour drive from Butler, and an hour beyond Richmond. The soon-to-be-named Jamestown team will only be a two-hour trip for the BlueSox.

The city has been the home of the Jamestown Jammers, a short-season A team affiliated with the Pittsburgh Pirates, in the New York Penn League for the past decade. Kevin Rhomberg, a co-owner of RS Entertainment, told the League's site, "We are excited to build on the outstanding baseball tradition here in Jamestown. We believe that baseball fans in Jamestown will thoroughly enjoy the product they see on the field, as well as, the fan experience every night at Russell E. Diethrick Jr. Park."

The BlueSox will be losing a long-time rival in the Lorain County Ironmen, which were an inaugural member of the Prospect League. The team will be moving to the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League.

You can find more news about the League on ProspectLeague.com.

Radwan Named Sox New Manager

The Butler BlueSox ownership group have selected Jason Radwan, a former standout player and assistant coach, to be their field manager in 2015. He will replace Anthony Rebyanski, who guided the team since 2011.

Radwan is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University, where he started all four season. He was Butler's starting second baseman in 2011 and 2012; he was named to the Prospect League East Division All Star Team in both seasons. Radwan served as an Assistant Coach under Rebyanski in 2013 and 2014, helping lead Butler to its first-ever Prospect League playoff appearance in 2014.

"The BlueSox organization is extremely pleased to have Jason manage our ball club next year," said Wink Robinson, the BlueSox Managing Partner. "His familiarity with our approach to operating a Prospect League team is certainly an asset on which we based our decision."

Radwan (right) will be the third manager in BlueSox' history.

"More importantly though, are Jason's positive ties to our Community that he developed over the past four years. He will be an excellent role model to our ballplayers and a respectable ambassador for the BlueSox," Robinson said.

Radwan is pursuing a Master's Degree in Education at St. Bonaventure University, where he serves as the Bonnies' Women's Softball Team Assistant Coach. Radwan is a native of Farnham, NY.

Radwan's duties for the BlueSox will start immediately. He will be developing the 2015 BlueSox' roster over the next few months. He anticipates certain players from the 2014 playoff team with remaining eligibility will be returning to Butler next season.

"He certainly has some work to do contacting college managers this offseason, but we're confident he'll meet the challenge," Robinson said.

Rebyanski, who recently accepted a position at California University of PA, will serve as the BlueSox' Director of Player Development and assist Radwan in selecting the 2015 squad.

"Those two guys will work well together," said Robinson.

Next Game

May 2015