For Avon’s Ray Hancock, the 2013 baseball season is going to be an exciting one as he will take the reigns of the Raton Osos in the Pecos League.
“I am extremely excited,” Hancock said. “Just like anyone else, you always want to go to the next level. The players that I have, most of them are 24 through 28 or 29, as far as age goes. A lot of them have some pro experience, one or two years. Quite a few guys are right out of college.”
Hancock is also pleased that the Pecos League “gets a lot of guys that are sent to the higher levels” of independent league baseball.
Hancock was initially slated to manage the Carlsbad Bats, but the team folded before the season began. This led to the change of plans and taking over for Raton.
Since the announcement that he was taking over, Hancock has had a busy schedule. He recently spent a month working as part of the development league for a pair of teams from the Pecos League.
In addition, he leaves April 29 to travel to St. Louis for a tryout camp for the Frontier League, where there will be some players that they may look to sign. Hancock has worked on a staff in the Frontier League with the Ohio Valley Redcoats.
He is scheduled to report to Raton on May 1, with a report date for players of May 5.
In addition to working with the Redcoats, Hancock has also coached with the USA Baseball Collegiate summer team, a number of AJAA teams, several summer and fall high school teams, and he served as coach for the Avon Middle School South team in its single year of existence.
Hancock led Avon Middle School South to a 14-1 record and a county championship two years ago.
However, when it comes down to Hancock’s preferred job, it’s not a difficult decision.