Many of the long-time Irish have hung up the cleats this offseason. Two South St. Paul and Stockmen's all-time greats; C/OF Dan Millerand 1B/OF/LHP Nick Bjerken have decided to retire from playing and Manager/1B Dan Cosgrove has stepped down as manager but will remain the GM. Other players to move on were intregal in the Irish 2011 State Championship run such as; SS/2B Chad Ogden, 1B/2B Nick Winecke, Closer Pat Gornick, LHP Chris Dent, 2B Bob Stefani, 3B/OF Nate Koppi, LHP Grant Schara. The Irish also lost southpaw starter Ryan Boelterwho will be playing the summer in the Northwoods League.
With all the veterans retiring it opens up big opportunity for some of the young vets to step up and be leaders and carry the Stockmen's Irish tradition. So far the Irish have added 6 new players and are in the process of adding a couple more. The Irish will also get a full season out of LHP Ben Krey (UST) and LHP/OF Teddy Klingsporn (Luther College) after both players double-rostered and played mostly Legion ball last summer.
New Manager of the Irish is Todd Klingsporn. Todd is also the baseball coach at Tartan High School.
2B/3B- Jacob Picht- Tartan HS- Hamline University- Freshman
RHP-Joe Toedt - Elmhurst, Illinois- UST- Junior
SS/2B- Jordan McGowan - Park Cottage Grove- Iowa Central/UST- Junior
RHP- Tyler Feyereisen- Tartan HS- UST- Freshman
SS/2B-Zach Gottfredson- Henry Sibley HS Senior- College TBD
LHP-Alex Noel- St. Thomas Academy- South Dakota State- Redshirt year (Freshman)