Anderson returns to WMBL

Katie Brickman
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Red Sox name Anderson as assistant coach

Don Anderson was content with watching a lot of baseball this summer.

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Then the Regina Red Sox came calling.

“A couple weeks ago, I got a call from (head coach) Scott Douglas asking if I would be interested in assisting with him this year,” said Anderson. “At that time, I wasn’t really sure what I was going to do. I actually resigned to the fact that I would be watching a lot of ball, but I gave it some thought.”

It was just earlier this month that Anderson resigned from his coaching role with the Moose Jaw Devons. The midget AAA team folded due to lack of numbers.

Shortly after Douglas called him, Bernie Eiswirth, the general manager of the Red Sox organization, also called him and officially offered him the assistant coaching job.

“I wanted to make sure I was taking it for the right reasons. So, after some thought and discussion with my family and wife, I decided to get back into it,” stated Anderson. “I am quite excited about the opportunity that the Red Sox have given me again.”

Anderson is no stranger to the Western Major Baseball League (WMBL), as he coached the Regina team in 2006 and 2007 and has a long history with the organization. Those relationships he made seven years ago were a factor in his decision.

“We have a lot history and I have a long history with Gary Brotzel, the president. I am very happy with the opportunity they are giving me, especially at this particular time. I am very much looking forward to working with those guys again,” he said. “They all share the same deep passion for the game as I do.”

Douglas and Anderson have been in discussion about what his role will be with the club. Anderson will be the bench coach, but will also be relied on to help with the other coaches, as well as, infielders, base running and using his college links to contact players. He will also help out when training camp opens in late May.

He is also excited to take the next step in coaching at a higher level and with older players.

“I think that went into my decision when I finally decided to accept the Red Sox offer,” he said. “I think that the WMBL is a step up from midget AAA — the kids are little bit more mature and they are in college and at different stages of their careers.”

Anderson still has a passion for the game and for coaching. He is happy to be able to go back to Regina and be part of a winning organization, as the Red Sox won back-to-back WMBL championships in 2011 and 2012.

“Regina is the class of the league — they are doing a lot of the right things to be successful. They have proven it on and off the field. They are financially strong and are a stable organization. They know how to win and they are doing the right things,” said Anderson. “I am very much looking forward to helping guide them and assisting Scott and the organization in whatever capacity to help win a championship.”

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