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A Ray of hope for Fish offence

Sadler's bat doesn't come at expense of defence

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Goldeyes' Josh Mazzola congratulates Amos Ramon after Ramon tagged his second home run of the night against the St.Paul Saints, Tuesday.

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Goldeyes' Josh Mazzola congratulates Amos Ramon after Ramon tagged his second home run of the night against the St.Paul Saints, Tuesday. Photo Store

It was a quick transition for new Goldeyes player Ray Sadler. The Goldeyes' newest acquisition flew into Winnipeg the morning of their game against the St. Paul Saints. Sadler was traded to the Goldeyes from the Kansas City T-Bones for a player to be named later.

"That chapter is over and I'm ready to start a new chapter here," Sadler said. "I'm expecting to win. I'm expecting to go out there and play hard every day like I know they do and everything else will take care of itself."

 

Sadler will replace Leonard Davis, who announced his retirement after suffering his third injury of the season during the previous series with the Gary SouthShore RailCats.

'He's a good player and he's pretty athletic. He can be a difference maker in your lineup'

-- Goldeyes manager Rick Forney on newest Fish, Ray Sadler

The Clifton, Tex. product played the last four seasons in Kansas City. Sadler played 41 games this season with a .218 batting average with 10 home runs, 22 RBI and eight stolen bases on nine attempts. He was selected by the Chicago Cubs in the 1999 MLB Amateur Draft and played three games for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2005. His first hit in the majors was a home run against the San Francisco Giants.

Sadler credits his batting numbers to controlling whatever he can while he's at the plate.

"I just go out there and I can't control where the ball goes but I can control good pitches to swing at so I'm just going to let it fly and wherever it goes it goes," Sadler said.

Goldeyes manager Rick Forney expects Sadler will fill the role of a power-hitter in the middle of the lineup, something the team has been lacking.

"He's a good player and he's pretty athletic. He can be a difference-maker in your lineup. I'm sure most people that have seen Ray play over the years they know he's an impact guy," Forney said. "If you see my team play over the year, home and on the road, we're lacking an impact guy that can drive in runs."

But Sadler offers more than just a strong bat.

"He can steal bags and make things happen and covers a lot of ground in the outfield so we're not actually giving up anything on the defensive side to add an offensive bat," Forney said.

Sadler is hoping to fill in wherever he can for Forney and help the team win.

"I'm not going to put any pressure on myself," Sadler said. "I'm just going to go out there and play hard and let it come out. I'm sure the numbers or whatever will show up like they're supposed to, but besides that I've come here to have a good time and to win."

Sadler is familiar with some of the players in his new locker room, and he's looking forward to playing for Forney rather than against him.

"I know when I was on the other side of him he didn't like me because he was playing me," Sadler joked. "He's a great guy, he has his team and he has his expectations of people. From what I get he doesn't put stress on anybody to try and do anything, but in the same sense we know that we've come here to win."

Sadler opened his Goldeyes career third on the batting order against the St. Paul Saints last night.

kyle.jahns@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 3, 2013 D2

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