Tonight’s Interview: Dan Watson

The LumberKings embark on their first East Division road trip of the year, a six-game swing starting in Fort Wayne and ending in Lake County.  It might be good to face the unknown for a while as the Kings are 14-38 against West Division opponents this season.

It’s also good to be returning to Fort Wayne’s Parkview Field, the crown jewel of parks here in the Midwest League.  The LumberKings were last here in 2009, taking one of three from the eventual MWL Champion TinCaps.  Last year, Nick Franklin, Vinnie Catricala, Erasmo Ramirez, Brian Moran myself enjoyed the 2010 Midwest League All-Star Game at this very park.

Rather than focus in too much on the four-game series against Beloit that was completed with a doubleheader yesterday that saw the Kings lose both ends to the Snappers, I’m looking forward and talking about the TinCaps tonight with their third-year broadcast voice, Dan Watson.  The ‘Caps are sixth in the East but only four games out of the Wild Card spot and have been competitive in the month of May after losing their two brightest starts — ’09 first-rounder Donavan Tate and ’09 second-rounder Everett Williams — on the same outfield collision at Bowling Green in just the second series of the year.  Watson talks about the loss of those two, the rise of 25-year-old Rule 5 pick Jake Blackwood in their place, hard-throwing right-hander Keyvius Sampson (who starts tonight), TinCaps’ first-year manager and Anaheim Angels’ 2002 playoff hero Shawn Wooten and more.

Listen Here:  Dan Watson Interview 5.31.11

If  you want to check out more from Mr. Watson, head over to his blog, “The Watson Files“.  You have my permission to stray away from mine today.  But just this once.

Tonight’s Game Notes:  5.31.11 kingsnotes

Today’s Roster Move:  Technically this was yesterday, but first-baseman Tim Morris was reinstated from the DL as infielder Shaver Hansen was placed on the 7-day DL.  Active roster stands at 24 players.

Starting Lineups:

LumberKings (14-38):  Julio Morban/CF, Mickey Wiswall/1B, Tim Morris/DH, Stefen Romero/2B, Kevin Rivers/LF, Steven Baron/C, Jabari Blash/RF, Carlos Ramirez/3B, Anthony Phillips/SS, Taijuan Walker/RHP

Fort Wayne TinCaps (23-27):  Pat McKenna/3B, Rymer Liriano/CF, Luis Domoromo/RF, Tommy Medica/1B, Jose Dore/LF, Emmanuel Quiles/C, Wes Cunningham/DH, B.J. Guinn/SS, Chris Bisson/2B, Keyvius Sampson/RHP

First pitch is at 6:05 PM central time, join me for the broadcast on


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