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Missoula Osprey enter 2019 with new coach, experienced roster

MISSOULA — The 2019 Missoula Osprey rolled into town a couple of days ago, and now the season starts Friday with a new man in charge.

Juan Francia will be the manager for the Osprey. He starts his fourth season with the Diamondbacks’ organization but his first in the United States after previously working in the Dominican Republic.

“I would like to teach them the right way to play this game, because I went through all of this,” Francia said. “I know how it feels, I know when you go into the clubhouse, sharing knowledge with teammates and coaches and all of that. I really like that, you know? It feels good when you talk to those young players on the field and they do it. It’s a good feeling, you know?”

While the coach may be new, it’s quite the opposite for the roster.

Typically with any rookie ball team, you can expect to see a wave of new faces each year. However, in 2019 the Osprey will have a team that will see 12 guys who played in Missoula last year.

All in all, those 12 guys have combined for 24 seasons of experience in the Diamondbacks’ system.

Ahead of the 2019 season opener, one of the veteran pitchers is making sure the team, and especially the rookies, are in a good spot.

“Let them know what is the right way, what is the wrong way,” Edgar Martinez said. “Doing good stuff, being kind of like an example for them what I have lived a couple of years ago. They are living it this year, so I’m kind of like a teacher for them. I think that will help us a lot, because we know each other, we’ve been playing at least two years together. So we have a good clubhouse. Everybody knows each other well. I think we are going to do good stuff on the field.”

Jack Ginsburg

Jack Ginsburg

Jack was born and raised in Walnut Creek, California. After skiing in Montana for a number of years he found his way to the University of Montana and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism in 2017. Jack's passion for sports stems from playing a number of them and attending multiple sporting events in the Bay Area from the San Jose Sharks and the Golden State Warriors to the San Francisco Giants and the 49ers. He joined KAJ/KPAX-TV in January 2017 as a news reporter before moving to the weekend sports anchor. In his free time he enjoys playing golf, cooking, skiing and hiking with his bulldog Zeke. If you would like to submit a story or complain about the Golden State Warriors to Jack you can email him at jginsburg@kpax.com or find him on twitter @jackginsburg13 (https://twitter.com/jackginsburg13)
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