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A manager's work is a load of toil

By By Tony Krausz / assistant sports editor
May 22, 2003
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. It is a job that goes unnoticed, often without thanks.
Those who tackle the task do everything from laundry to maintenance to stat keeping to random errands.
It is the life of being a manager for a team, and while the work may be difficult at times, Meridian Community College baseball team managers Abe Speed and Don Moore wouldn't think of doing anything else during
the spring.
The parameters of their job are unspecific most of the time.
For home games, the two Enterprise High School graduates are housed in the Scaggs Field press box.
Moore's duties during a game include keeping the scorebook, and he is in charge of running the music between innings and for the batters as they approach the box.
Speed may have the biggest job of all in the press box.
He runs the scoreboard, a task that can get difficult at times.
early in the season. Because there was only one out on the board, and they had two. It is a huge responsibility, and I have to stay on my toes."
Road trips are a little easier for the duo.
The responsibilities of keeping track of every pitch, play and move on the field are not as hard away from Scaggs.
Moore still works the scorebook, but he does have a little easier time in the visitor's dugout.
Pre-Med. "I dont have as many distractions when I'm down on the field."
Speed said he gets to chill in the dugout for most of the game.
But the pregame preparations do take on a different tone away from the MCC campus.
The hard work throughout the year is gratifying for both young men. Moore has traveled with the team to the 2003 Alpine Bank Junior College World Series in Grand Junction, Colo. Speed would be with the team in the mountains, but he is in Las Vegas for a summer mission trip.
They both went with the team to Marianna, Fla., during Spring Break for the Chipola (Community College) Tournament.

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