New manager, same result. The Tacoma Rainiers keep on rolling no matter who is leading them. Carlos Triunfel hit a three run homer (above) and Eric Thames also homered in manager John Stearns’ debut - an 8-0 win..
TNT columnist John McGrath wrote about the changes yesterday as only he can, giving people a little glimpse into who Stearns is …
There are easier tasks than memorizing three different sets of baseball signs in five days, but Stearns is used to the challenges of a here-today, we’ll-clue-you-in-tomorrow occupation.
“I’m a rover,” Stearns said, efficiently describing a career that might be the equivalent of actor Kevin Bacon: If you’ve never run into Stearns – at the plate or on the football field – it’s likely you know somebody who has.
A Denver native, Stearns was a two-sport legend at the University of Colorado: A hard-hitting catcher in the spring, a harder-hitting safety in the fall. His nickname – “Bad Dude” – applied in all seasons.
The Bills took Stearns as their 17th-round draft choice in 1973, a few months before the Phillies made him the second overall selection of the baseball draft, behind star-crossed high school pitcher David Clyde and ahead of Hall-of-Famers Robin Yount and Dave Winfield.
Double A Jackson lost 11-1 as starter Brett Shankin was roughed up.