Aaron Nieckula Quotes

The Vermont Lake Monsters are a minor league baseball team in the Short-Season A class New York–Penn League affiliated with the Oakland Athletics. The team plays its home games at Centennial Field, one of the oldest stadiums in minor league baseball, on the University of Vermont campus in Burlington, Vermont. The team was located in Jamestown, New York, (as the Jamestown Expos) from 1977 to 1993, and was an affiliate of the Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals from its founding until September 2010, when it became an Athletics affiliate

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Aaron Nieckula


“He did an outstanding job. He made pitches when he needed to, (showed) great mentality and made adjustments when he needed to.”

Aaron Nieckula


“He did get stronger [as the game went on]. He was more confident and started making better pitches.”

Aaron Nieckula


“We expect to have a successful year. And to define success, does that necessarily mean winning? No, not necessarily, but keep in mind that the most important thing in minor league baseball is player development.”

Aaron Nieckula


“Expectations are high. There is a lot of chemistry with this staff, and that's very important.”

Aaron Nieckula


“Ronnie came in and threw the ball pretty well ... you can't ask for anything better than giving us a chance to win. Unfortunately we didn't score any runs.”

Aaron Nieckula


“We ran into a into a guy that was throwing the ball very well ... you've got to tip your cap to that (pitching) staff today, they did an outstanding job of keeping our hitters down.”

Aaron Nieckula


“[Italiano] threw the ball extremely well early on. The wheels fell off there a little bit in the fourth inning.”

Aaron Nieckula


“This a great opportunity to be around the game. Obviously, there will be a little bit more responsibility. As (the) hitting coach (last season), I was kind of lurking in the shadows whereas the manager has to deal with hitters, the pitchers, the front office and the fans. It's a bigger responsibility, but one I accept and look forward to.”

Aaron Nieckula


“Shields kept the ball up, out over the plate, fell behind guys. That's crucial. Their guy worked ahead and you saw what happened. Our guy fell behind. It just wasn't his day. We'll see how he rebounds.”

Aaron Nieckula


“I think they're excited to get out on the road and experience some of the other ballparks and cities. It's nice to get out and experience the road a little bit.”

Aaron Nieckula


“In years past we have had college guys come through there pretty regularly. Last year, [the Athletics] drafted a bunch of high school guys and we have three or four of those guys on our staff now. They have tremendous talent. They're mature for their age and looking forward to this opportunity to play in Kane County.”

Aaron Nieckula


“Submariner like that, you don't see those kinds of guys too often. But that's really no excuse.”

Aaron Nieckula


“That's like a hitter trying to get his first hit. Anytime you get that first something off your back, it relieves the pressure. Jason has outstanding stuff. All he needs now is to learn how to control that fastball. But, he'll get it down (because) he works hard and has a great attitude.”

Aaron Nieckula


“That's like a hitter trying to get his first hit of the season. Trying to get that first something off of your back, it kind of alleviates the pressure and opens the door a little bit.”

Aaron Nieckula


“(McCormick) never got rattled out there ... I'm not taking anything away from our hitters, but we couldn't make the adjustments, which is what this game is all about.”

Aaron Nieckula