Well it is certainly a very bright Knight for the The Adelaide Bite with the announcement that they will appoint one of the most successful profiles in Australian baseball as their manager. Brooke Knight is the man who took the Perth Heat to Claxton Shield premierships in 2010/11 and 2011/12. It was announced today that he would take the helm for Round 5, following Adelaide’s Round 4 bye.
Knight was the manager of the Perth Heat when they defeated The Adelaide Bite for the Shield in their 2010/11 campaign and backed it up with Victory over the Melbourne Aces in the following season.
“I am thrilled to take the next step in my career with such a talented roster and first-rate organisation as the Bite,” Knight said. “With the core group of men we have bolstering our lineup and pitching staff, I am confident we will have things heading in the right direction in no time in our pursuit of the Claxton Shield.”
Adelaide sits at 2-6 win/loss after the first two rounds of this ABL season having suffered two games of only one-run defeats. Kyle Brueggemann was the Round 2 Pitcher of the week with his complete-game shutout of the Heat on November 9th. Returning ABL Rookie of the Year Ben Lodge has been a force for the Bite batting .370 through his first eight games, ranking him eighth best in the league this season.
Knight has an impressive baseball background in Australia and the United States, including time playing professionally for the Milwaukee Brewers organization. Knight has coached the Corvallis (US) Knights of the collegiate-level West Coast League to three championships and is a four-time West Coast League coach of the year.
Knight is currently travelling with the ABL’s contingent at the 2013 Asia Series in Taichung, Taiwan.
As previously reported Adelaide General Manager Nathan Davison will manage the Bite for their three-game weekend against the Melbourne Aces.