The Princeton Rays professional baseball team will conduct a free public reception on Tuesday, February 9 for fans to get acquainted with the team's new 2010 manager, Michael Johns. The event will be held from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of Princeton Presbyterian Church, located at 1809 West Main Street in Princeton, West Virginia. There will be brief remarks at 7:30 p.m. followed by drawings for door prizes.
"I have talked with Michael by phone several times and he is very anxious to get up here and check out the set-up. It will make his job a little easier that he will already have been here once before he arrives back here in June with the team. And, he has certainly heard about our great fans and is anxious to meet them," commented P-Rays General Manager Jim Holland in announcing the event.
The 2010 campaign will mark Johns' first season as a professional baseball manager. The 35-year old resident of Orange Park, FL has spent the past two summers on the coaching staff of Tampa Bay's New York-Penn League affiliate, the Hudson Valley (NY) Renegades. He was the head coach at Orange Park (FL) High School from 2004-2007 prior to joining the Rays' organization on December 11, 2007. Before that, he spent four years as the assistant baseball coach at Fernandina Beach (FL) High School.
As a player, he was a middle infielder, who was drafted in the 19th round by the Colorado Rockies of the June, 1997 draft. He played two years in the pro ranks for the Rockies' farm system for their class-A affiliates at Portland, OR and Asheville, NC. He graduated from Tulane University, where he was a two-time Conference USA, all-conference shortstop for the Green Wave.
Persons needing more information about the event are asked to contact the Princeton Rays either by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephoning the team's office at Hunnicutt Field at (304) 487-2000.