Connecticut Tigers preparing for their 1st pitch – Andrew Graham.
By MARC ALLARD
The Connecticut Tigers, the New York-Penn League’s short-season affiliate of the Detroit Tigers, were back Saturday at Dodd Stadium. Connecticut manager Andrew Graham was about as in the dark as the players were.
“It’s a challenge,” Graham said of the roster’s newness two days before the season begins Monday in Lowell, Mass. The home opener for the Tigers also will be against the Spinners on Wednesday.
“There’s positives and negatives,” Graham added. “It’s a negative that you don’t know what you’re getting and we re-teach the kids the way to play professional baseball. From college, they have to learn all the different plays that the Detroit Tigers (organization) has, but it’s a positive, because they’re very eager and keen to learn everything.”
Graham returns for his second year at the helm, and the former catcher has experience with some of his players. He worked with a host of them in extended spring training in Lakeland, Fla., and about 18 of those players