Those are words he’s probably heard as a player from a number of past coaches who have helped him get to where he is today.
“My dad, seeing him coach youth baseball for 23 years, I don’t know I would have ever gotten this bug for coaching if not for him. He’s had a big impact on me.
“I’ve always considered myself a protege of J.R. Perdew. I had been a thrower until J.R. started working with me from about my Hot Stove League days.
“And, obviously, getting to play for a Hall of Fame coach like Steve Bazarnic was a big, big plus.”
Sawyers won’t be managing at Springfield next summer because time won’t allow it now that he is at Purdue. But ultimately, he added, he would like to be a head coach.
“I’m very happy right now, and I want to sit here and learn from coach (Doug) Schreiber. “He’s been on the staffs at Arizona State (national championship, 1998) and Notre Dame, so he’s got it figured out.”
Ryan is the son of Michael and Sandy Sawyers, Rawlings.
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