Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION
Posted: 11/6/2013 10:36 AM | Comments: 0
Fish fans are saying farewell to a favourite this week, as the Goldeyes dealt starting pitcher Matt Rusch to the Trois-Rivieres Aigles of the CanAm League.
The trade came at Rusch’s behest. The 30-year-old pitcher played in the CanAm League before, where he won two championships with the Quebec Capitales in 2010 and 2011. He then landed in Goldeyes manager Rick Forney’s lap before the 2012 season, after his girlfriend, who is originally from Quebec, took a job in Winnipeg. Rusch promptly led the Fish to their American Association championship win in 2012, and was the winning pitcher in the championship game. Over two seasons, he went 17-8 with a 3.27 ERA in 44 starts. The outgoing, gracious pitcher was also a popular character in the clubhouse and off the field.
After his partner’s work circumstances changed, Rusch asked Fish manager Rick Forney to help find him a place back east. "This was a tough trade for us to make because Matt brought so much to our organization and helped us win a championship two years ago," Forney said in a release on Wednesday. "He expressed the desire and need to get back to the east and we’re happy to accommodate him."
In return for Rusch, the Goldeyes will get the revisionary rights to slugger Cam Kneeland, whose contract was purchased by the Baltimore Orioles last week. If his minor-league stint doesn’t work out and he sought to return to independent ball, he would become Fish property. "We’d be awfully excited to have him be part of our organization," Forney said.
Having problems with the form?Contact Us Directly
Saying goodbye difficult task for Fish
Goldeyes now out of season
Goldeyes playoff run over with 2-0 loss to Saltdogs
Fish season on line tonight
That's Kissock with a 'K'
Accursed rain! Fish deserve better
Abercrombie clears path to victory
On paper, Fish rule
Fireworks just getting started
Hollingsworth red-hot on hill
RailCats handcuff listless Fish
Fish flying high
Fish southpaw has the left stuff
Goldeyes 3 Canaries 5
Fish were swingin' in the rain
Trophy Fish clinch North Division
Fish living large as playoffs draw near
Goldeyes 2 Jackals 0
Goldeyes could clinch North Division at home
Oh, no-no! Fish hurler just misses no-hitter
Fish take bite out of Jackals
Fish dinger derby in Sioux Falls puts them in command of North Division