Ken Joyce of Portland steps away from Pro Baseball

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Ken Joyce of Portland steps away from Pro Baseball

Postby MattyB » Sun Jun 12, 2016 8:33 am

The Richmond Flying Squirrels are visiting Hadlock Field this weekend, the only trip to Maine for the Double-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants.

Normally this would be a calendar highlight for Ken Joyce, the Portland native who broke into pro baseball as a volunteer bullpen catcher with the inaugural Portland Sea Dogs in 1994 and wound up earning four World Series rings, three with the Giants.

But Joyce, who spent the previous five seasons as Richmond’s hitting coach, resigned in April just as the Flying Squirrels were set to begin their season. Instead of riding buses between Eastern League outposts, Joyce has been watching his daughter, Jill, play softball for McAuley High and his son, Tommy, play baseball for Portland High.

“I resigned on my own terms,” Joyce, 51, said as he watched a recent Bulldogs baseball game from an unobtrusive spot far down the left-field line. “I felt it was time to be home with my family. As spring training wore on, I felt more disconnected with what was going on at home.” ... -baseball/
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