When the Coastal Bend Thunder begins play in the United League Baseball, they'll have a field manager just as strong as their new mascot's name.
Al Gallagher was introduced last week as the Thunder's first manager when the new team begins play in June.
Gallagher is a former Major League Baseball player for the San Francisco Giants and California Angels, and recently was the manager for the Kansas City T-Bones of the independent Northern League.
And Gallagher has big league aspirations for the Thunder, who open the season June 11 for their inaugural season in the ULB.
The first task at hand for Gallagher is assembling a team that will be ready by June 1.
"I'm fortunate to have friends all around the country," Gallagher said. "The first thing is getting some prospects and also finding out who are some of the better players out there who were released after spring training. Our season opener is June 11, so we have to field a team by the beginning of June."
And fans can expect to Gallagher to field a team that is of Major League caliber.
The former Giants and Angels third baseman said his teams will give it their all, or they'll be sent packing.
"Our team will give 100 percent every game or they're out of here," Gallagher said. "We don't have a lot of time and it's going to take work…there's a lot of work ahead of us, but we'll be ready.
Gallagher was among the crowd last week when the new team introduced its new team colors and mascot.
Other dignitaries at the unveiling were Nueces County Judge Loyd Neal and Nueces County commissioners Betty Jean Longoria, Oscar Ortiz, Chuck Cazalas and Mike Pusley.