Matt Erickson CAN come home again.
About the time Matt Erickson set foot back in Appleton, various members of the Milwaukee Brewers organization kept asking him the same thing:
“Are you interesting in managing?” And his answer was always the same: “Yes.”
On Wednesday, both of their wishes came true when the Brewers named Erickson manager of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers for 2011.
“I told them I would like the opportunity, if it became available in Appleton,” said Erickson, an Appleton West graduate, who served as the Timber Rattlers hitting coach for the past two years.
Reid Nichols, the Brewers special assistant to the general manager/director of player development, said this was a move two years in the making.
“He expressed an interest in managing, pretty much as soon as he got here,” Nichols said. “We’ve been training him, and this is his time.
“No doubt we like what he’s doing. He managed our instructional league team a couple of years ago. He’s a good person, first. And he’s done a very good job in the position of hitting coach for us.”
Nichols believes Erickson, 35, has the right makeup and the right intangibles to succeed in his new position.
“He’s a good communicator and pays attention to the game,” Nichols said. “He’s always prepared and comes ready. Matt will be able to do whatever he sets his mind to do. He’ll do a good job as manager.
If I were capable of feeling emotion, I would say that I am happy for Matt and the Timber Rattlers. This is a good fit.
Here is the release from the Timber Rattlers website announcing the entire coaching staff for the 2011 season.
Also, best wishes to Jeff Isom, who moves on to Brevard County, Milwaukee’s affiliate in the Florida State League.