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Woodchucks hire new field manager

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WAUSAU — The Wisconsin Woodchucks have hired Ronnie Richardson as the new field manager for the 2019 season, the Woodchucks announced today.

Richardson is no stranger to the Chucks. He served as a Woodchucks assistant coach in 2017 before moving on to a position as defensive coach with the Batavia Muckdogs.

Richardson has also had coaching stops at Seminole State College and the Florida Travel Baseball program. He is currently an assistant coach at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Florida.

“Ronnie is a well-connected and respected in the college and professional ranks,” said Woodchucks President and General Manager Ryan Treu in a Woodchucks news release. “He has played and coached baseball at a very high level everywhere he has been. He has the ability to build relationships with players and his vision of impacting our players is exciting. I look forward to the product that he will put on the field this summer in Wausau.”

Richardson is excited about his new role.

“I want to make this the best environment for the players and also Wausau and central Wisconsin,” he said in the release. “We will need your help all summer long making these guys feel at home and making it a great place where guys love to return.”

Ronnie Richardson playing career

College: University of Central Florida

Drafted by the Minnesota Twins, 11th round 2009

Drafted by the Chicago Cubs, 31st round 2011

Drafted and signed by the San Diego Padres, 16th round 2012

Professional playing career

2012 Eugene Emeralds

2013 Eugene Emeralds and Lake Elsinore Storm

2014 Fort Wayne Tin Caps

The Wisconsin Woodchucks will open their 26th season at Athletic Park on June 1. Single game tickets will go on sale in April.

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