Despite a record-breaking season, The Victoria HarbourCats have relieved coach Graig Merritt of his duties.
The ‘Cats decided to not re-new the contract of 2016 WCL Coach of the Year. Merritt coached the Cats to two straight winning seasons, including a West Coast League record-breaking 40 win season.
Replacing Merritt as head coach, the Cats have signed former Major Leaguer Brian McRae to a two year contract. McRae spent over ten years in the majors, mostly with the Kansas City Royals. His experience includes assistant coaching positions with Park University of the NAIA, and the Missouri Tigers of the NCAA.
While the HarbourCats wished Merritt all the best, the former ‘Cats bench boss is shocked by the team’s decision, and believes the organization “is taking a step in the wrong direction”.