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La Crosse Loggers name new manager for 2022

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - The La Crosse Loggers announced they've hired a new manager for the team for next season. 

The team said that Rob Sidwell is taking over field duties for 2022. If the name sounds familiar, it should. Sidwell was an assistant coach for the Loggers in 2019. 

He's replacing Brian Lewis, who manged the team for six seasons starting in 2016. During his tenure, Lewis compiled a 197-205 record. 

According to the Loggers, Sidwell has worked with four major league teams during the past 18 years-the Dodgers, Padres, Mets, and Pirates-as the Florida Scouting Supervisor. Among the players he's signed is Andrew McCutchen, the 2013 NL MVP. 

Besides his previous stint in the Northwoods League, he's also coached in other summer leagues and at the collegiate level including Florida International and Central Florida. 

“Rob brings another level of knowledge, expertise and connections to our club,” noted Loggers team president Chris Goodell in a statement announcing Sidwell's promotion.  “On top of that, he’s a high integrity individual who loves investing the development of our players, making him a perfect fit,” added Goodell.

The Loggers start their 2022 season in late May.