San Antonio Missions have new manager with move to Triple-A
San Antonio Missions manager Rick Sweet traded his suit jacket for a Missions baseball jersey, gently bending the brim of his new team’s hat before stepping to the podium near home plate at Wolff Stadium.
Behind him, a portion of the stadium’s seating is missing — removed so construction crews can continue waterproofing. Through the dugout, clubhouse improvements are underway, expected to carry into next month.
But Sweet’s eyes were locked dead ahead on the green grass and smooth playing surface. As the Missions prepare for their first season as the Triple-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers in the Pacific Coast League, Sweet has little concern about the ballpark at Wolff Stadium.
“I sit here, and I look at this field, and I know it’s 25 years old, but it’s immaculate,” Sweet said. “It’s in beautiful shape. The grass is green. You can’t beat this.”
In 29 seasons as a manager, the 66-year-old Sweet has won 1,947 games, 15th all time in the minors.
With 6,200 fixed seats, Wolff falls short of the typical Triple-A park, but Sweet said the field leaves little to be desired.
“We could come out here and play a ballgame today,” Sweet said. “This place is clean, and it’s well taken care of. It’s not the new, fancy place. But it’s a good place.”