The Thorold Anchors are gearing up for another season of baseball and they’re looking for new players to join their ranks.
“We’re going to host try-outs,” says the team’s manager Aaron McInnis, in an interview with ThoroldToday. “It’s nice to bring in some young guys and keep this thing rolling.”
Back in September, the Thorold Anchors won the 2022 OBA Senior C-Division Championship, and McInnis says the victory prompted some players to retire.
“We had an extraordinary amount of people leave this year after leaving on a high note,” McInnis says. “In senior baseball, if you take too much time off and you don’t add anybody all of a sudden you look back and you realize your team is getting older and it’s hard to maintain it. Every year it’s important to find a few young guys.”
The only requirements for players trying out is that they’re 19 years or older and that they love baseball.
“We’re looking for guys who want to be Anchors,” says McInnis. “They got to buy into what we’re selling over here and come out to the ballpark ready to play for the love of the game. That’s important at the senior level. That’s what makes us so competitive.”
After holding try-outs later this month, the Anchors plan to start their spring training in February.
Because the team won the OBA Senior ‘C’ Championship, they’ll be moving up to the B-Division this year.
One might think that competing at a higher level would put pressure on the team, but McInnis says that that couldn’t be farther from the truth.
“I think that if anything we are feeling the opposite of pressure,” he says. “The team that just moved up is the least likely most often to win. We always have our own personal pressure to compete. I don’t think we’re walking in to a scenario where we feel like we should win 'B' but we definitely feel like we should compete.”