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New manager's perspective

The TinCaps' new manager, Michael Collins, is currently in Australia but had this to say about his new job via email:

"First of all, I'm very excited for the opportunity to manage the TinCaps," he wrote. "I've heard nothing but great things about the city, stadium and everyone involved with the team. After playing in the Midwest league in 2004 and 2005 (for Cedar Rapids), I have great memories and it will be fun to revisit these cities, maybe with a little different view as a manager than a player I guess."

At only 29, Collins believes he will be able to communicate with the TinCaps' players – who are prospects of the San Diego Padres – on a positive level.

"In regards to relating with players, I guess I'm not far removed from playing with a quick transition into coaching, so I'm closer in age than other coaches and spending 10 years all in the minors, I understand what these players are going through," he wrote.

His predecessor, Jose Valentin, was a fiery guy. What will Collins be like?

"My managing style," he wrote, "(is) I like to let the players play. Try to line them up in the best position to succeed and let them be aggressive. Early days right now, but there are a lot of great young players in the organization, should be a good mix of young talent."

Being from Australia, and having managed there, does he have a different perspective?

"Managing in Australia has been a great experience," he wrote. "It has provided me with opportunities to try different things and learn from successes as well as failures. This is a short season only playing four games over weekends, so every game is on the line."

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