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--by Brett Kruschke

The Belle Plaine Tigers town team will start another summer in the sun this Friday, May 10, at 7:15 pm, when the Norwood Indians pay a visit to Tiger Park. The Opening Night promotion is everyone’s favorite: $1 hot dogs.

Sunday will see the Tigertown Express trek to Carver to take on the Black Sox, a former league foe. The first pitch is at 4 pm for the Mother’s Day special.

Jeff Hoen has succeeded Jason Ladd as the new field manager for Team Tigertown. For an exclusive Q&A with the new skipper, visit bptigertown.com.

The Tigers finished last season with a 16-11 record (8-4 River Valley League). This August, Belle Plaine will serve as a cohost site – along with Jordan and Green Isle – for the 101st state amateur baseball tournament.

See you at the ballpark!

Q&A with New Tiger
Manager, Jeff Hoen

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Jeff Hoen was named field manager of the Belle Plaine Tigers on December 21, 2023. He succeeds Jason Ladd, who compiled a 33-25 (.569) record across the 2022 and 2023 seasons – including a 7-6 (.539) mark in the playoffs.

Q1: What is your background in baseball as a player, coach, and fan, and what are some of your highlights and favorite memories? 

I played high school ball in Norwood and played for the Cologne Hollanders town team for a few years. I have coached both of my boys at different times during their careers. I have been a fan forever, with my earliest memories of watching my older brothers play for their teams. Favorite memories: I got to watch my brothers and my boys play in the (high school) state tournament in St. Cloud.


Q2: Who are some of the most impactful baseball coaches you have had in your life – whether playing for them or coaching with them – and what did you learn? 

All of them were impactful! From my dad, to Gary Lembke, Tom Doysher and Craig Pexa. I have also learned a lot from watching Pat Schultz and coaching with Dave Kreft. I have learned preparation (players and coaches) is the key to success, umps don’t decide the game, and you need everyone contributing to win games.

Q3: Under your leadership, what traits do you expect Tiger Baseball to be known for? 

I want the guys to play hard, to support each other, and come ready to play! 

Q4: What's something you have agreed with regarding how the Tigers have played in recent seasons and what's something you might take a different approach on? 

I think that as a team they played well the last couple years! I’m not sure if it will be a different approach, we will be as good as the guys who show up to the games. My biggest goal is to try and keep all the guys involved and wanting to be there!

Q5: What's your outlook for the 2024 Town-Team Tigers? 

I think we should continue building on a 16-11 season from last year. But that means we have to prepare; the players have to use the offseason to get ready! We can’t rely on some players being ready, everyone has to be!

Q6: Anything else you'd like to add? 

I am looking forward to this summer of baseball, as I feel this team could have a state run in them! My goal is to try and not screw it up …

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