Augusta, GA (WJBF) -- The GreenJackets begin their 25th season of play on Thursday night at 7:05 at Lake Olmstead Stadium. On Tuesday, they held a media day event at the ball park.
As always, lots of new faces on the roster including pitcher Chris Stratton, the 20th overall pick of the Giants in last year's draft. This year, the team also has a new manager.
After a year away from baseball, Mike Goff returns to the bench. Goff previously managed the Arizona Rookie League Giants for three seasons (2009-11). In 2010, Goff skippered the AZL-Giants to a best overall record in the league for a second straight season. In 2008, Goff managed the double-A Chattanooga Lookouts, and prior to that, coached in the Seattle Mariners organization for 16 seasons. He served as the Mariners' first base coach and was promoted to bench coach in 2007. Goff has also spent nine seasons as coordinator of instruction for the team's minor league system. He began his coaching career in 1992 with double-A Jacksonville and spent his previous three years as an assistant coach at the University of South Alabama. Goff was an infielder in the Boston Red Sox system from 1984-88. He resides in Peoria, Arizona.
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