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Baseball: Huskies' Pederson leaves, Pointer named new head coach

Duluth Huskies head coach Tyger Pederson has accepted a position with the Class A Palm Beach Cardinals to be their new hitting coach, the Huskies announced today.

Marcus Pointer has been appointed the new head coach, while retaining pitching coach duties.

"I'm definitely excited for this new opportunity." Pederson said in a news release. "I loved my time in Duluth, everybody was 'Minnesota Nice' to me and my staff. The community was welcoming and the host families were great."

Under Pederson, the Huskies were 47-25 last season, a 15-win improvement from 2017, and they defeated the Bismarck Larks and Willmar Stingers in the playoffs before losing in three games to the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders in the Northwoods League World Series.

Pederson, who is moving on to the St. Louis Cardinals' Florida State League affiliate, also thanked his players for working hard every day and adopting the aggressive style that brought so much success.

"My summer in Duluth was one of the best summers of my life," he said. "It was my pleasure to deliver the brand of baseball they deserve."

Pointer, who graduated high school in San Mateo, Calif., and played two seasons with Pederson at the University of Pacific

"Obviously, I'm excited for the opportunity (Huskies general manager) Greg Culver and ownership have given me", Pointer said in a release. "This will be my first head-coaching job, but I'm familiar with the staff and I fully intend to bring the same kind of winning culture that Tyger established."

Despite Pederson's departure, Stu Pederson, Tyger's father, will remain as the team's new hitting coach.

"I've coached with Stu before," Pointer said. "He was the hitting coach of the Anchorage Glacier Pilots in the Alaskan League while I was the pitching coach. He's a professional coach that takes great pride in forming players' swings."

The Huskies' season opens May 28 at Thunder Bay and their home opener is June 2 against the Eau Claire Express.

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