Defending league champs, Fort Myers Miracle kick off 2019 season with new manager
Defending Florida State League Champions, the Fort Myers Miracle began their 2019 season with a home game against the Charlotte Stone Crabs.
This is the first game under new manager, Toby Gardenhire, son of Major League Baseball manager, Ron Gardenhire.
He looks to lead the Miracle to back-to-back league championships, and with new additions such as outfielder Trevor Larnach, first round pick in the 2018 draft, along with the number one over all draft pick in 2017, Royce Lewis, he should have a good chance at a repeat.
Larnach says he’s excited to get on the field for the first time as a pro.
“This is my first full season so it’s gonna be a learning experience, but I’m very excited to learn from everyone else,” said Larnach.
New manager, Toby Gardenhire is a former player for the Miracle, playing for 90 games in the 2008 season, which he credits to helping him understand the organization more.
“I think me having played and been through the organization really helps out with connecting all the guys,” said Gardenhire.
He was also previously a manager for low-A Cedar Rapids team, so he has seen some of these prospects as they have made their ways up through the minor league ranks.
“A lot of these guys I know because I had them last year, I managed the Cedar Rapids and we got a big group of these kids from Cedar Rapids,” said Gardenhire.
The season kicks off on Thursday, April 4, at 6:30 p.m. at Hammomd Stadium.
Visit the Fort Myers Miracle website for ticket information.