COLORADO SPRINGS – Things have been tough for the Rocky Mountain Vibes
“A lot of things (happened, but really nothing,” Vibes Deputy General Manager Aaron Griffith explained. “If it was easy to point out (what we were doing wrong), we’d all be good at it.”
The team has seen a drastic drop in talent since the Triple-A days with the SkySox and have since moved to the Pioneer League – joining as a minor league affiliate of a Mexican League team .
“The Monclova guys come from a different country from a different place and it’s a tough adjustment,” added Griffith. “It’s a life adjustment.”
The partnership has been good and bad, but after the slow start to 2022, the Vibes front office wanted to make a change by bringing in UCCS head coach Dave Hajek as player manager and Joe Mikulik as a new manager.
“Dave was the guy, he’s the perfect guy to do it,” Griffith added. “He tries to bring wins.”
“I really want to help the next generation of baseball players,” explained new director of player personnel Dave Hajek. “That’s what we do at UCCS and it’s no different”
“Right away the bells rang and we thought, what can we do to improve a 4-19 club,” said new manager Joe Mikulik.
And the new team got off to a winning streak.
“I came and found some seniors who recently graduated and are hoping to get drafted or potentially move on to the next level,” Hajek added.
The hope is that the new changes will bring some energy back to UCHealth Park.
“Baseball in this community needs bragging rights,” Hajek concluded.
“We know how important this place is to Colorado Springs, we know how much people love baseball here, and we know we can bring that to them,” Griffith added.
The Vibes begin a seven-game home game this week at UCHealth Park.
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