February 13, 2012 -Lorain, OH- The Lorain County Ironmen are happy to announce that two members of their staff will be moving on to professional baseball this season. Former manager, Eric Cormell has been hired by the Baltimore Orioles. While play by play broadcaster Tim Pozsgai will be joining the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, the Cleveland Indians class A affiliate in the New York-Penn League.
Cormell who managed the Ironmen in their inaugural season has been hired as a roving minor league instructor. He will focus on the areas of base running and speed training. In his role, Eric will travel between all the Orioles' affiliates working individually with players on their base running skills while teaching them different training techniques to improve their speed.
Pozsgai has been with the Ironmen through their first two seasons. He has served as the play by play broadcaster as well as the head of Media Relations. With the Scrappers he will also serve as lead play by play broadcaster for all 76 games and will assist with media relations.
This makes a total of four members of the organization that have moved on to professional baseball in only two years. The other two are Phil Brua and Ryan Rua. Brua, a right handed pitcher from Oberlin College, was a member of the Vancouver Canadians. The Canadians, class A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays, won the Northwest League Championship last season. Rua, an infielder from Amherst, spent last season with the Spokane Indians, the class A affiliate of the Texas Rangers.
The Ironmen will open the 2012 season on Tuesday May 28th in Richmond Indiana. The home opener will be Thursday May 31st as they host Slippery Rock. Follow the Ironmen on Facebook and Twitter as they continue to build their tradition of excellence.