Danzer: New WCL commissioner Rob Neyer hopes seventh book hits home run

From Paul Danzer at the Portland Tribune on May 15, 2018, with SABR member Rob Neyer:

Baseball writer and historian Rob Neyer recently added baseball commissioner to his resume.

The St. Johns resident has been hired as commissioner of the West Coast League. The summer wood-bat league for college players has 11 teams, including the third-year Portland Pickles, who have moved over from the Great West League. The WCL’s 14th season begins on June 1.

Oregon native Jim Dietz, baseball coach at San Diego State for three decades, was the commissioner in the league’s early years, but the WCL operated for most of its 14 years without a commissioner.

“The league has matured and gotten to a point where we need someone to be an arbiter and a regulator, and then someone to be kind of a spokesperson,” says Dan Segel, owner of the Corvallis Knights and WCL treasurer.

Read the full article here: https://portlandtribune.com/pt/12-sports/395317-288264-new-wcl-baseball-commissioner-hopes-seventh-book-hits-home-run-

Originally published: May 16, 2018. Last Updated: May 16, 2018.