In the fourth episode about the transactions in Belgian Baseball for the upcoming season, we pay attention to the sole Wallonian club that reached the Gold Division (playoffs) in Division 1 in the past season: Mont-Saint-Guibert Phoenix BSC.
For the 2022 season, Phoenix has not acquired new players yet. The core of the team is staying together. Only two players are lost for the club.
One of the two players, Tomasz Oberto Silva, decided to join the Brussels Kangaroos.
The right-handed pitcher started two games in the Gold Division and lost both of them. He posted a 4.35 ERA, gave up five earned runs in 10.1 innings pitched, walked 15, and struck out 7. Despite these numbers, he limited his opponents to a batting average of .161.
Manager Jamie Flynn stated that he wishes Tomasz nothing but success and hopes that he will find what he is looking for in Brussels. For sure he will leave a void.
The other player that is lost for the flagship team is Nicolas Migeot. Not because he will join another club but only because he has decided to hang up his spikes. Since 2000, Nicolas has played organized baseball. First with Les Chaussettes Noirs (Black Sox) of Louvain-La-Neuve, then with Namur Angels (2007-2017) and later with Phoenix (2017-2021), which also played in Louvain-La-Neuve before heading to Mont-Saint-Guibert. He even played D1 Phoenix Softball in the 2008-09 season. Nicolas also played for the Belgian national team in 2009 and 2010.
Nicolas Migeot was substituted in the 6th inning of his final game at Mont-Saint-Guibert in October. He was met by family, former teammates, and cheers from both the current Phoenix and their opponents, the supportive Borgerhout Squirrels.
Manager Flynn stated: “It was important for us to send Nico off in style. He is greatly appreciated around here and his efforts for our club extend further back than most currently here at MSG. If our future generations of Phoenix can inherit his grit and style of vocal leadership, we will have more than enough to help us continue in the right direction as an organization. We can never actually replace our Nico, but we will carry on his culture in our locker room this next season through our use of his favorite words as our 2022 slogan: “No Divas”
If COVID-19 allows it, Phoenix will acquire a foreign pitcher and catcher. The club is looking actively for players for those two positions.
With only one player leaving for another club, one can also say about Phoenix that the flagship team is very coherent as the core of the team remains the same.
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