A familiar name will lead the Sioux City Explorers into a new era. Ed Nottle managed the Explorers from their inaugural season in 1993 through 2000 and he returns to the dugout this year. The team has moved from the Northern League to the new American Association independent league and several of their division rivals made the switch as well.
Nottle says he is happy to be back and not have to introduce himself to everyone as he already knows the community. He says that’s a plus. The Explorers open exhibition play this evening with a game against Lincoln in Columbus, Nebraska. Nottle says they have battled bad weather in recent days as they try to get ready for the season and make final decisions on the roster.
Nottle feels good about the pitching staff. He says they have some good young arms, but he says the need to cut the staff from 14 to 10. Nottle says he also wants to help those who don’t stay with the club to find another team. The regular season opens May 12th.