Thursday, 13 March 2008

Spokes Promote Osborn, Ink Players

Hotchkiss Names Osborn Indian General Manager
SPOKANE, Wash., March 15—Don Osborn, serving his second season as manager of the Spokane Indian baseball club, was promoted to general manager.
Roy Hotchkiss, owner of the Class A Western International League team, said Osborn’s duties will be changed very little by the new title, but it will give him recognition for work he does besides managing his team.
“Osborn not only will handle the team on the field, but also will be top man in the front office,” he said.

Spokes Sign Two Players
SPOKANE, Wash., March 16—Bob Byrne, rookie outfielder from Billings, Mont., returned his 1953 contract Monday, the Spokane Indian Baseball Club announced.
Manager Don Osborn said he had “high hopes” for the former Montana University athletic star who was optioned to Amarillo in the West Texas-New Mexico league last season.
“Byrnes only needed confidence to make him a good hitter,” Osborn said. “He picked that up n Amarillo and should be one of our biggest guns this season.
“He has everything it takes to make it—speed, size, a good arm and a good batting eye.”
Osborne said the 20-year-old lefthander “displayed plenty of power” before being optioned to Amarillo at midseason.
Bryne, an all-coast football halfback for the Grizzlies, batted .307 with Amarillo.
Spokane has also signed catcher George Triandos of the Pioneer League. He is starting his fifth year in baseball, and was with Salt Lake City for three years.
The Indians open spring training here next Monday at Spokane’s Ferris Field.

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