The recently formed Corpus Christi Beach Dawgs have undergone a managerial change, although Robstown's new professional baseball team has yet to take the field for its inaugural game.
Field manager Murray Wilson resigned May 13 and Hector Salinas, the team's general manager, has taken over the position and assumed coaching responsibilities while maintaining his GM duties.
According to Salinas, the decision to leave was based on disagreements Salinas and Wilson had over coaching philosophies. Tryouts for the Beach Dawgs were in progress when Wilson resigned and a full team roster is expected this week.
Salinas said Wilson's departure from the franchise was amicable.
"I have the utmost respect for Murray Wilson's baseball experience and expertise," Salinas said, "but we mutually agreed to go in a different direction with our ball club during our upcoming season."
Prior to becoming the general manager of the Beach Dawgs, Salinas led the Texas A&M-Kingsville Javelina baseball team to two conference championships and led the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islander baseball team after coaching in Kingsville.
The Beach Dawgs' 72-game season begins Friday with an opener against Houston Bay Area Toros, followed by the home opener at 7 p.m. Sunday in Robstown at Fairgrounds Field.
Festivities planned for the opening weekend include fireworks and wrestling.
"We wish Wilson the best in his future baseball endeavors," said Continental Baseball League president and Beach Dawgs managing director Ron Baron. "We look forward to Salinas guiding the Beach Dawgs toward a fun-filled and winning season, one that I feel the local baseball fans will enjoy."