Expos de Sherbrooke have a new coach behind the bench for the season 2016. Alexandre Messier, who joined the organization in 2015 Sherbrooke as a pitcher, accepted the challenge.
The native of Richelieu-Yamaska therefore take over of Issael Gonzalez, who combined the coach and player functions since the departure of Steve Oleschuck in 2013.
If he is on familiar ground in Sherbrooke, Messier is aware of the challenges with the Expos, who finished sixth in the overall standings of the Major League Baseball Quebec (LBMQ), before losing in the first elimination round in five games of a five series against the eventual champions, the Blue Sox Thetford Mines.
“I arrived in Sherbrooke last year, it allowed me to see the team from within. This is not the first time that François (Lecuyer, team owner) offered me the job, but this time the timing was good, “he said Friday.
“I know the spirit of Sherbrooke, for having attended the University of Sherbrooke, and I know several guys in the team, as Alain Lachance. The Expos have a good team, good pitching, good position players. In the past, maybe some guys lacked confidence, we will work on it. ”
And the main objective of Messier will prepare Expos start their season 2016 on the first launch on May 7 against St-Jérôme, and not to use the first week of the regular season as training camp.
“This week we started training with the guys from Montreal, and we want to do as soon as possible with the guys from Sherbrooke. And maybe even play a exhibition game before the start of the season. We want to build a good team. ”
Alexandre Messier devote his efforts to his role as coach, at least early in the season.
It does not exclude the possibility of giving a boost to Sherbrooke mound late in the game, if the need arises.
But before we can think about dethrone triple defending champions, Thetford Mines, there are substantive work to do, says Mr. Messier.
“We’ll start by winning our first matches. The Expos had trouble started in force in recent years. With two wins in three, it would be more pleasant. It will build on the little things and the team spirit to form a solid base. That’s my goal, now see if we can get there. ”
The Expos also announced that got hold of the player infield Kevin Denis-Fortier of Shawinigan, in return for a third round pick in 2016.
The right-hander also arrived Guillaume Leblanc in Sherbrooke, who played him in the LBSRP the last two years.