Mitch Canham knows there's more to baseball than baseball.
The new Nuts manager led the Clinton Lumberkings (Low-A Mariners affiliate) to the best record in the Midwest League last season, but the biggest win to him was the positive impact the players had on the community.
"We really want to find ways to give back to the community. It's not just about what happens on the field, it's about what we're doing to make an impact wherever we are," he said in an interview prior to spring training. "Regardless of where I go, I want to help that community grow and be present in that day."
Mitch is no stranger to helping a community grow. While at Oregon State, he was a leader of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee, an Academic All-American, a national representative for the PAC-10, and also assisted with the local Special Olympics in Corvallis, Oregon.
More recently he's been involved with organizations such as Toys for Tots and the Boys & Girls Club.
His giving back mentality carries over to his teams as well.
"When our players see that they are changing people's lives by going out there and putting a smile on someone's face and bringing pride to their community, it's going to make them better," he said.
Canham expressed that a goal he and his coaching staff has for everything the team does on and off the field is to have fun and remind the players the importance of doing the right thing for themselves, each other, and the community.
Canham will be welcomed with open arms by the community as he brings his positive impact to Modesto.
Natalie is the Public Relations Manager for the Modesto Nuts.
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