The Watertown Bucks of the East Coast Baseball League have named former Major League catcher Kelly Stinnett as the club’s manager for their inaugural season.
Stinnett, 45, played 14 seasons in the Majors with eight different teams. He made his Major League debut with the New York Mets in 1994 and played his last Major League game in 2007 with the St. Louis Cardinals. He was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 11th round of the 1989 MLB Amateur Draft. He played his first pro season in 1990 as a member of the Watertown Indians — the club’s Low-A affiliate that season.
“I’m excited to come full circle and get back to Watertown,” Stinnett said in a press release. “Playing at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds, being a member of the Watertown Indians was a great chapter in my life. It started a pro ball career that spanned nearly two decades.”
The Bucks are bringing baseball back to a town that has been without a team for 17 years. The last time Watertown had a team was back in 1998. They relocated to Staten Island the following year and became the Staten Island Yankees.
The Watertown Bucks are slated to begin their inaugural season this May.
Anton Joe is an Independent League Baseball Writer for Baseball Essential. You can follow him on Twitter @AntonJoe_BBE.