Rimouski Fighting Moose GM and manager Bob Weinberg has stepped down from his role effective today, allowing former GM and current Assistant GM Dylan Hall to take the reins.
Weinberg cited personal reasons for decided to take a hiatus for the off-season, but left the possibility open that he may return before the season starts in May.
Under the steady hand of Weinberg, the team completed its relocation prior to the 2017 season from Hamilton, Ontario, where it had been the Hamilton Industrials and later the Hamilton Crusaders.
They then went 54-46 over the season and entering the playoffs on a wild card spot, defeating the defending 2016 Bull Cup Champions, the Ohio Oxen, before losing to Montreal in the Lake League Championship Series.
Weinberg was the architect of several big moves while running Rimouski’s front office, including a key trade to bring Nick Seer onto the roster from Arizona in late May, and landing former Montreal Metros ace Lou Bricknell in a blockbuster $103 million, 9-year deal this past December.
Seer had been a high-performing international prospect when he signed with Arizona in November of 2016, though he had a rough 0-2, 3.07 ERA start to the year before the trade.
But after going to the Moose, Seer went 10-4 with a 2.47 ERA, ringing up 108 K’s in 131 innings and earning Rookie of the Month and Pitcher of the Month awards for July, a month when he held Boston to a 4-hit shutout.
Bricknell was one of the keys in the Montreal rotation last season, and was at the helm of the 4-hit complete game 7-0 shutout win over Rimouski that took them out of the LL Championships.