Gary Hatch steps down as Bellingham Bells manager

KPUG Photo Photo: KPUG/FILE PHOTO: Former Bellingham Bells manager Gary Hatch (right) with KPUG's Mark Scholten and Doug Lange.

Gary Hatch steps down as Bellingham Bells manager

The Bellingham Bells will have a new manager for the 2014 season. After 3 years, Gary Hatch has informed the club that he will not return with the Bells next year so he can spend more time with his family and pursue other personal interests during the summer. The Bells made the announcement in a press release today.

Hatch led the Bells to the West Coast League playoffs for the first time in 2012. Bellingham just missed the post season this past year finishing at 27-and-27.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my relationship with team owners, Kim and Eddie Poplawski, General Manager Nick Caples and his outstanding crew, the incredible coaching staff including Jim Clem, Bill Calkins, Jacob Clem, Damon Lessler and Gabe Memmert. And what a great job Ryder Cunningham and Dane Siegfried have done along with the super supportive sponsors we have had come on board,” Hatch said in the release.

“Gary is a true icon in Bellingham and our organization has been extremely blessed to have locked arms with him for the past three years. Gary has helped us build the Bells into a premier franchise in the West Coast League and, more importantly, he has inspired all of us to continue to chase our dreams on and off the field. While we will miss seeing Gary in a Bells’ uniform, he will always be part of our team. It is a privilege to call Gary a great friend” said team owner, Eddie Poplawski in the release.

According to the Bells, Jim Clem and Bill Calkins will continue to coach the team working with Paplawski and Caples during the off-season to recruit and assemble the rest of the staff and the 2014 team.

(KPUG Newsroom – Doug Lange)