Cavalry manager Michael Collins is back for another season in Canberra. Photo: Graham Tidy
CANBERRA CAVALRY believes returning coach Michael Collins is a Team Australia head coach of the future.
Collins led the Cavalry to their first Claxton Shield win in a clean sweep of last season's Australian Baseball League championship series. He was also an assistant to Australia head coach Jon Deeble at the World Baseball Classic in March.
The Cavalry confirmed Collins has re-signed for another season, along with starting pitcher Chris Motta.
Collins is highly rated by his Major League franchise, the San Diego Padres, and was promoted from their Dominican League team to their Arizona League side for this year's season.
Cavalry general manager Thom Carter said it was great to have the Canberra product back. ''[Collins] coached every situation possible to prepare those boys to win that championship,'' he said.
''We really want him to be perpetual coach for this organisation and trying to get every junior in this town to play his style of baseball is important to us.
''We see him as a potential coach of the Australian national team - he's still young, but he has a baseball IQ and the ability to do amazing things with ball players.''
The Cavalry have continued to strengthen their pitching stocks, with director of baseball operations Tom Vincent rebuilding the roster.
Motta was the latest pitcher to return to the Fort bullpen, joining Canberra products Steven Kent and Kyle Perkins, Brian Grening, Sean Toler and Eric Massingham.
Jeremy Barnes and Antonio Callaway will also return as part of the offence.
Meanwhile, outfielder Kevin Kiermaier became the first former Cavs player to play in the Major League play-offs after coming off the bench in Tampa Bay's American League wildcard game on Thursday.