WINNIPEG, MB – The Inside Pitch, the official off-season radio show of the Winnipeg Goldeyes, returns to airwaves tonight (Wednesday, February 28th) at 7:00 p.m. on 93.7 FM CJNU.
Tonight’s guest panel includes Goldeyes’ manager Rick Forney, left-handed pitcher Kevin McGovern, first baseman/designated hitter David Bergin, Gary SouthShore RailCats’ manager Greg Tagert, and former Goldeyes’ pitcher Dustin Pease.
Forney is heading into his 13th year as Goldeyes’ manager, and his 22nd overall within the organization. During his first 12 seasons at the helm, Forney has guided Winnipeg to an overall .556 winning percentage, 10 winning seasons, nine playoff appearances, and an American Association-record three championships (2012, 2016, 2017). Forney will announce the Goldeyes’ latest player signing during Wednesday’s show.
McGovern was re-signed by the Goldeyes on February 19th and is entering his third year with the club. The left-hander was an American Association All-Star in 2017, ranking tied for the league lead in wins (13), third in ERA (2.56), tied for third in strikeouts (118), and fifth in innings pitched (144.1). McGovern is one of eight players in franchise history to win multiple championships, and was the winning pitcher in the decisive Game Five of the 2016 American Association Championship Series at Wichita.
Bergin was voted to the American Association’s Postseason All-Star Team last September, and was re-signed by Winnipeg on February 6th. The Tampa, Florida native was fifth in the league in batting average (.323), second in doubles (33), fifth in home runs (20), sixth in RBI (77), third in on-base percentage (.430), and third in slugging percentage (.589). Bergin added 10 more RBI in nine playoff games, and was originally acquired by the Goldeyes in February of 2017 as part of a three-way trade with the St. Paul Saints and Gary SouthShore RailCats.
Tagert enters his 14th season as RailCats’ manager, a tenure that includes 11 winning seasons, eight postseason berths, and three championships (Northern League 2005, 2007; American Association 2013). Tagert also managed nine years in the Frontier League where he departed as the circuit’s winningest manager. In 22 seasons managing at the professional level, Tagert has had a team finish under .500 just once.
Pease signed with the Goldeyes in 2007 as a true rookie, and pitched to a 3.19 ERA in 66 games over two seasons with the club. In 2010, Pease set an American Association single-season record (since broken three times) with 54 appearances for the Wichita Wingnuts. The left-hander went on to reach the Double-A level in the San Diego Padres’ organization where he posted a 3.94 ERA for the Texas League’s San Antonio Missions in 2012. Pease currently operates LokationNation, an instructional service focused on improving pitch command and location.