Ryan wants the players to enjoy their stay in Charleston, too. He played with 16 teams through the major and minor leagues, and played for some managers who never took a personal interest in their players. That led to some uncomfortable locker rooms. Ryan wants to model his style after Los Angeles Angels Manager Mike Scioscia.
Ryan spent 22 games with the Angels in his final majors stint in 2010, and he loved how Scioscia interacted with the team.
"He'd ask you how you were, how your family was," Ryan said. "He really cared about every individual on the team and for that, guys would go through a wall for that guy."
Bell said that's already started to shine through. He loves the stories Ryan tells. He knows that Ryan knows what it's like play low-A ball and beyond. And he can see how much Ryan cares about the guys on the roster.
"He's always a guy who asks how you're doing," Bell said. "'Are you sure you're OK? Are you sure your legs are OK?'
"It makes you stop and think," Bell continued. "When he asks you, 'Is your arm OK?' and you're like, 'Yeah, yeah, of course,' and he's like, 'Is your arm really OK?' You can tell he's been through it. Some days your arm's going to be lagging. Some days your legs are going to feel you just got hit by a train the previous day. It's awesome that he cares."
Ryan wants to stay patient and positive with the Power as the season begins, to not let too much negativity creep in and allow this young roster to develop into solid pros. Holmes, a 6-foot-5 hurler whose fastball reaches the mid-90s, said everyone in the locker room is ready to see what they can do this season.
"All that practice and preparation through the offseason and spring training, all that's kind of forwarded to this first week," he said. "There's a lot of excitement and energy. Everybody's ready to get kicked off and hopefully get a good season started."
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