August 12, 2013

Edmonton Prospects Appoint Veteran Baseball Developer as Head Coach for 2014 Season

 Edmonton (AB) – Edmonton Prospects owner Pat Cassidy is not letting the grass grow under his feet after a disappointing 2013 season. He announced, today, the appointment of long-time baseball development specialist, Ray Brown, as head coach and player development manager of the Prospects program for 2014. The appointment is effective September 1st.


“Brownie is well-known in this region with excellent baseball credentials and extensive experience as a college and professional player, high performance and collegiate coach and 20 years of international baseball development in the Oceania Region. He brings a worldwide network of college and professional baseball contacts, and a strong local grassroots development track-record to the Prospects organization,” Mr. Cassidy said. “Ray is a ‘Mr Baseball’ to a lot of us who played for or against his teams over the years and I can promise we will have a much different and more competitive Prospects program in place next season.”


Ray signed with the Kansas City Royals, pitching two no-hitters in his four-year minor league career, including the first perfect game in the California A-league. His Billings, Montana record of the most consecutive scoreless innings pitched in the Pioneer League stands unbroken. Following his release from pro-ball, he returned as pitching coach with his alma mater, Long Beach State University, before moving to Edmonton in 1976. He played with and managed the Edmonton Tigers to the Canadian National Championship in 1978 and signed two players to professional contracts with the Montreal Expos in 1980. As head coach of the Alberta Baseball Association from 1984-87, he established the Team Alberta high performance program and then set up the Professional Baseball Institute in 1988 which produced a multitude of baseball talents many of whom continue to work in the sport today. In 1993, he was appointed by Baseball Australia as the baseball development officer for the Oceania Region and during this 20-year consulting assignment he has established and grown grassroots baseball organizations in the island countries of the North and South Pacific region.


“There’s no doubt I love the game of baseball and I’m excited to be coming back to Edmonton to grow and develop the Prospects program,” Coach Brown said. “It has great potential to be a pathway for baseball athletes, coaches and the local associations. The season starts next May but people who know me won’t be surprised to hear that we’re preparing for opening day, starting now and we’ll be keeping folks posted on developments.”  


Managing Partner, Pat Cassidy says, “I am extremely pleased and excited to be able to work with Ray Brown.  Our goal is to build a ‘WMBL Championship calibre’ baseball team and I know from firsthand experience that Ray Brown is the type of individual and coach that will expect nothing less from his players, the organization and himself in working towards that goal.  He has a track record of making everyone he associates with a better player and a better person and I couldn’t think of a better person to lead us into the 2014 season.  The Edmonton fan can expect a team that will be well prepared, will play their butts off and will be accountable both on and off the field.”


Ray Brown Baseball Bio:

Professional Scout

Associate Scout – Boston Red Sox – Chicago White Sox – Seattle Mariners – Montreal Expos

Part Time Scout – Los Angeles Dodgers – San Diego Padres – 2003 to present with Seattle Mariners

Baseball Development Officer Oceania Region – 1993 to present

Developed Baseball Coaching and umpiring manuals for the Oceania Region

Set up development programs from grassroots to elite development in Oceania Region

Sent players from Oceania region with potential to play at various U.S Colleges

Assisted in field construction / development to meet international standards

Tournament Director for Oceania Tournaments, developed standardized rules for conducting tournaments

Assistant Coach with Guam National Team in playoffs to the Australia 2000 Summer Olympics

Oceania Region technical representative to IBAF / ONOC Congress 19xx – 20xx

Okotoks Dawgs – 2007

Assistant coach with the College Dawgs and head coach for the AAA Midget Dawgs Team. College Dawgs were Western Major League Champions

Pitching Coach - Macerata, Italy – 1990

Invited by Dave Robb to come to Italy to develop pitching program for Macerata Baseball Club – worked with elite pitchers and youth pitchers

Head Coach of Professional Baseball Institute – 1988 to 1993

Established a high performance program for athletes who desired to reach a higher level of playing excellence – Many of the players and coaches who participated in the PBI are still contributing to baseball development not only in Alberta but world wide – Trevor Schumm, Australia – Greg Wolfe, New Zealand / Dawgs – Sheen Bromley, Federated States of Micronesia and Alberta - Mark Randall, Les McTavish, Alberta – Dave Robb, Italy, Arizona and Alberta – Chamare Jayasekera (CJ) Coaching Director for St. Albert Minor Baseball since 2010, he is originally from New Zealand and was developed during my time in New Zealand

Head Coach - Alberta Baseball Association – 1984 to 1987

Developed the first high performance year round training baseball development program

For Baseball Alberta

Player Coach - Edmonton Tigers Baseball Club – 1977 to 1984

Won Canadian National Championship in 1978 – Established fall and winter training programs - Played a minimum of 70 games per season every season – Voted Canadian National Coach of the year in 1978 – Voted Alberta Provincial Coach of year twice – provided U.S College opportunities for numerous players – Had two players signed with the Montreal Expos organization in 198x

Los Angeles Dodgers batting practice pitcher - 1976

Pitching Coach - Cal-State Long Beach - 1975 to 1976 Resigned position to move to Alberta

Minor League Player – 1971 to 1975

Signed with Kansas City Royals – pitched 2 no hitters, one of which was the first perfect game in the California League

College Player – 1967 to 1971

Attended Cal State University at Long Beach, 1969 – 1971 – won league championship in 1970 – Attended Long Beach City College, 1967 to 1969, won back to back state championships, compiled an 11-1 record with a 1.37 era in 1969

High School Player – 1964 to 1967

Played 3 years of high school baseball – in 1967 was part of the National Championship.