Season Opens for River Bandits and Midwest League
Despite the cold and wet weather, the new season opens Friday night for the Midwest League and the Quad Cities River Bandits. They'll play three games at South Bend, through Sunday, then play their first home game on Tuesday against Cedar Rapids.
This will be the first year with the Quad Cities for Manager Brooks Conrad, but it'll be his fourth year coaching for the Kansas City Royals organization.
"In my mind, I think that it's my job to help them develop as young men and human beings first and foremost. The baseball aspect kind of takes care of itself, I'm more interested in helping them grow internally, as a man and as a person, and then develop them as players will come as well."
Twenty years ago, Conrad came to the Quad Cities as a player for Battle Creek, a former member of the Midwest League.
The River Bandits' opening day roster includes players from at least eleven states, plus Cuba, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, and Australia. Fifteen of the 30 played for the Quad Cities last season.