The Rochester Honkers stayed local for their new manager.
Randolph native Paul Weidner was named the Honkers' manager on Tuesday.
“It’s an incredible opportunity,” Weidner said. “The track record of the organization [and] the success that they’ve had on the field is a tradition of winning, and that’s something that I want to be able to continue to do. I know that aligns with what the community is expecting. Putting a product on the field that they can be proud of is really important to me.”
Weidner, 27, is the 18th field manager in franchise history. The 2011 Randolph graduate is currently a volunteer assistant coach/first-base coach at Creighton University. The Blue Jays advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2019 thanks in part to Weidner's steady hand. The Creighton coaching staff was named the Big East's Coaching Staff of the Year.
“It means a lot," Weidner said. "There are a lot of summer ball towns in this league and throughout the country. I feel so lucky to be coaching in one that I’m so familiar with and feel very connected to."
Rochester finished 7-30 in 2020, but Weidner is hoping to bring winning baseball back to Rochester.
“At the end of the day, what we’re doing is bringing a bunch of elite college players together to play a game in which they’re gonna develop," Weidner said. "But, when you take a step back and you think about what it means in the grand scheme of things — if those players are role models for the people in the community, if our team is something that the community can be proud of — that’s how you make an impact with the position that you’re in.
“My job is to play winning baseball… but I look at it as a facet of how we can fit into the community at large. If they don’t embrace us and what we are, then those things don’t carry weight. It doesn’t matter. And so we need to make sure that matters so that we can have that impact.”