Seeking to continue the development of the summer collegiate baseball program in Redding, the Colt .45s have announced they have hired former major leaguer Rick Bosetti to manage the .45s for the 2013 season.
Bosetti was a seventh round draft pick out of Shasta College by the Phillies in 1973. He first played in the majors on September 9, 1976 at the age of 23. He played 7 years in the majors with most of his time as center fielder for the Toronto Blue Jays.
Bosetti led all American League outfielders with 446 putouts and 15 assists in 1979. That same year he led the Blue Jays with 35 doubles. Bosetti also played for the Cardinals and the Athletics before his career was cut short by a shoulder injury. He concluded his playing career during the 1982 season.
“I am eager and excited about returning to managing a baseball program and look forward to a successful season. We hope the community will continue to come out and support the .45s as they have in past years,” said Bosetti.
Most recently Bosetti coached the Simpson Red Hawks baseball team and is the most successful baseball coach in Simpson history. Known for his strong recruiting skills, Bosetti’s coaching style will further develop the quality baseball players who are contracted for the Colt .45s team this summer.
In April 2012, Bosetti was inducted into the Northern California Sports Association’s Hall of Fame. He was previously inducted into the Shasta County Sports Hall of Fame and the Shasta College Hall of Fame.
The Colt .45s begins play at the end of the collegiate season with their first home game at Tiger Field on Friday, May 31. The Colt .45s has already recruited 27 players for the 2013 season, including players from Notre Dame, New Mexico State, Florida State, Texas Tech, Michigan State and seven universities in California.
The Colt .45s will play 35 home games this Summer including 18 league games. The season concludes at the end of July followed by a league All-Star game. The league championship tourney will be played the first week in August.