FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – At 29 years old Michael Collins can easily blend into the TinCaps clubhouse looking like one of his players.
Truth is, Collins in the man in charge of the clubhouse as the TinCaps’ new manager.
A native of Canberra, Australia, Collins was just 16 years old when he came to the States to pursue a professional baseball career. From 2001 to 2010 Collins played in the minors for the Los Angeles Angels and San Diego Padres.
A Midwest League all-star as a catcher for the Cedar Rapids Kernels in 2005, Collins reached the Triple-A level with Portland in 2009 and 2010, but never played in the majors.
As a manager, Collins led the Padres’ Dominican Summer League affiliate in 2012 and the Padres’ rookie-level affiliate in the Arizona League in 2013. He has also managed two seasons in the Australian Baseball League for the Canberra Cavalry, winning a championship.
Collins takes over for Jose Valentin, who led the Caps to a 149-144 record over the last two season. Valentin has been promoted to the big leagues as the first base coach of the San Diego Padres.