“This opportunity is meaningful for me, and I cannot wait to impact the lives of countless collegiate baseball players in the Appalachian League this year. It is going to be a positive and fun season!”
If you’re unfamiliar, the Appalachian League comprises of 10 teams in Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina and West Virginia … and it’s designed to help rising freshman and sophomores in college refine their skills with wooden bats over a 54-game, summer season.
The Sock Puppets clearly believe McDowell has the goods to help their players best … with the team’s general manager, Anderson Rathbun, saying Monday, “We couldn’t be more thrilled to have someone leading our team with a resume quite lack Jack’s.”
55-year-old McDowell won the Cy Young back in 1993 while pitching for the White Sox … and he made the All-Star team 3 times in his 12-year, big-league career.
McDowell has put together a coaching resume since retiring from pitching … coaching in the Pioneer League and recently managing the baseball team at Queens University of Charlotte.