The Birmingham Barons have a new manager calling the shots this season -- Julio Vinas.
He's no stranger to Birmingham, having played for the barons in the mid-90's.
He's also no stranger to his players, in his third season managing in the White Sox system.
"He's a players' coach," outfielder Trayce Thompson said. "He likes to let us do what's comfortable for us. He used to play, so that definitely helps."
"My self, personally, I've played for Julio when I was in High-A in 2011," first baseman Andy Wilkins. "I know Julio really well. All these coaches are out in spring training so you get a good mix. You get a good feel for the personality.
Vinas' has a below .500 record in two season's managing in A-ball. But he will be the first to tell you, there's more to minor league baseball than wins and losses.
"There's that fine line that you always want to win the ball game," Vinas said. "I'd be lying to you if I say I didn't want to win. We all want to win, but the number one priority for us is the development side of it.
"We want to incorporate the winning side of it as well. Usually if you're a good instructor to these kids, and they learn, and they get better, the winning takes care of itself."
The Barons have 12 players returning from last year's team. The up-and-coming guys say this will be a valuable tool.
"Anytime you have veteran guys that you can pick their brains and ask them questions, and learn from, it's huge," pitcher Scott Snodgress said. "That will be really nice. Like you said we have a lot of returning guys so we should have a good team. Which always makes it more fun."
The Barons home opener will be Wednesday night in the brand new Regions Field.
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