MACON, Ga– With a new roster, the Macon Bacon is prepared to enter The Breakfast Bowl with help from former Atlanta Braves player and current head coach, Ryan Klesko.
The Bacon is still riding high from their historic championship win in the Southern Summer Ball Series; the team’s first championship win since 1962 when they were known as the Macon Peaches. But while the team still celebrates, it’s time to get back to business.
A fresh new roster of players will suit up on Thursday against the Savannah Bananas to begin their 9-game series called The Breakfast Bowl.
Coach Ryan Klesko says the team is a “mixed bag” of players ranging from athletes who are just 18 years old to those who are in their 30s with jobs and families. For many, Klesko says, this may be their last chance to play baseball, but he’s confident he has a team of talented athletes.
Klesko, who played 16 seasons in Major League Baseball, was part of the Atlanta Braves during the 1995 World Series. In addition to his time in Atlanta, Klesko also played with the Padres and Giants; earning 278 career home runs.
First baseman, Brandon Bellflower, says it’s a privilege to play the game with older teammates. Bellflower says he not only learns about baseball, but also about life in general from his older teammates. He says so far, the team is “meshing very well” together.
In a statement released by the Macon Bacon, Coach Klesko says, “Being able to work with these young ball players and to play at such a historic field like Luther Williams, it is a blessing. I have been able to call Macon home for the past 15 years and I am excited to coach it’s baseball team.”
The Bacon is made of minor league players, current and former college players, local athletes and those who are considered Bacon “alumni.”
The Bacon will throw the first pitch at home against the Savannah Bananas on Friday, August 21st at Luther Williams Field.
To check out the full roster, CLICK HERE.