01/14/2003 10:24 AM
for immediate release: 14 January, 2003
Former Cape Leaguer Kinski Named Hyannis Assistant Coach
HYANNIS, MA – Hyannis Mets General Manager John Howitt and field manager Keith Stohr announced today the hiring of former Cape Cod Baseball League player Ryan Kinski as a new assistant coach for the 2003 season.
Kinski, who played for the Div. 1 Providence College Friars, played for the Bourne Braves in 1994 and the Chatham A's in 1995. He replaces Scott DeGeorge, who resigned after serving as an assistant coach for the Mets during the 2002 season.
“We’re very excited about having Ryan Kinski join our Hyannis Mets’ coaching staff," Stohr said. “Coach Kinski's responsibilities will include working with our infielders and coaching first base.”
Kinski attended Babson College in 1993, before transferring to Providence College, where he was a three-year starter for the Friars from 1994-96. He served as an assistant coach at Providence in 1997, at the University of Maine at Orono in 1998 and at Bryant College in 1999. Kinski is in the process of opening a baseball training facility on Willow Street in Hyannis called The Dugout. The grand opening is scheduled for January 18-19. Baseball is in Kinski’s blood, as Ryan's father, Noel Kinski, played basketball and baseball at Providence College from 1963-65. The elder Kinski pitched for Sagamore in the Cape League and held the CCBL record for most wins in a single season (10), a record that stood for 22 years before being broken by Hyannis Mets pitcher Pat Hope in 1987. During the 1965 season, Kinski posted a 10-1 mark with a sparkling 1.91 ERA and was recipient of the B.F.C Whitehouse Award as the league’s outstanding pitcher.
The Hyannis Mets joined the Cape League as a franchise in 1976 and currently play their games at John McKeon Field, located on High School Road in Hyannis, just a tape-measure home run away from the Ocean Street Docks.
The 2002 Mets were led by all-star players such as pitchers Corey Hahn (3-3, 1.30 ERA) and Trent Peterson (3-1, 1.59 ERA), Coca Cola Player of the Week Danny Putnam (.289 BA, league-leading 13 doubles & 16 extra base hits) and slugger Ben Harrison (.295, 3 HR, 12 RBI). After finishing with a 15-26-3 record and fifth place in the West Division, Stohr, Kinski and Co. feel that with more pitching depth and team speed, the Mets should contend for a Cape League playoff spot in 2003.
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