St. Cloud bar back sponsoring town team after long absence

Posted on May 13, 2014 

Written by Tom Elliott, St. Cloud Times prep sports coordinator 

The Beaudreau’s Bar Saints have a Twitter account with the motto: “Formerly the Snappers. Just a Class C team living in a Class B world.”

Beaudreau’s, an East side bar and a long-time sponsor in the 1980s and ’90s, is back in the fold for the former Snappers, who are St. Cloud’s lone amateur baseball team for the second straight season.

Sponsorships are the life-blood for amateur baseball teams in St. Cloud, which must pay to play on the city’s two fine baseball diamonds, Dick Putz and Joe Faber Fields.

Lose your sponsorship and watch your team fold. For reference, ask the former Granite City Grays and St. Cloud Ice, who lost theirs in the past few years.

It’s interesting that an area that is well-known statewide for its excellent amateur baseball and high-level interest, St. Cloud continually struggles to field teams.

“It definitely presents its challenges,” Brian Anderson said. “They (sponsorships) are essential.”

Anderson, player/co-manager for Beaudreau’s Bar, hopes the new sponsorship will help the team stay afloat.

“They (Beaudreau’s) are definitely excited about it,” Anderson said. “It seems like a good fit so far.

“They’re excited and so are we.”

Beaudreau’s was a part of St. Cloud’s great amateur teams in the 1980s and ’90s. The city can claim three state champions: the St. Cloud Moose in 1948, the St. Cloud Saints in 1983 and the 2009 St. Cloud Orthopedic Sports Center Ice.

Anderson and his team figure associating with the great past of the ’83 Saints is a good idea. It’s hard to disagree.

This year’s squad should be more than competitive in the Class B Lakewood League, which features the defending state champion Cold Spring Springers, the Sauk Rapids Cyclones and the Brainerd Bees.

Anderson said the team has added five players with St. Cloud Cathedral ties, including St. Cloud State left-hander Nick Maiers and former SCSU infielder Steve Rindelaub. Three 2014 soon-to-be Cathedral graduates also are on the roster: Steve Neutzling, Brady Yoerg and Jeff Fasching.

Those three will focus on high school and American Legion baseball, but will play when they can, Anderson said.

The rest of the squad will look familiar to Lakewood League followers.

On the mound will be Brad Haag, D.J. Schleicher and Garrett Anderson. Reese Gregory also may be available for limited duty. The St. Cloud State reliever is pitching for the St. Cloud Rox of the Northwoods League this summer.

Thomas Imholte, another from Cathedral’s class of 2014, and Ryan Schneider will catch.

In the infield, Doug Keller and Nick Hengel will play first, Rindelaub will play second and Phil Imholte will play short. Brian Minks, who is having a good freshman season at St. Scholastica, will play third.

The outfield will include Will Spaniol, Waylon Bemboom and Dave Carlson.

Bemboom is playing for St. Thomas. Carlson is a former Times’ player of the year.

Anderson will fill in when necessary, as will co-manager Ryne Gregory.

Anderson said that because they are Class B, they made add a St. Cloud State player who isn’t from the area, which is OK by Minnesota Baseball Association rules.

That said, the Saints would much rather play Class C. They feel they keep the integrity of Class C programs by mainly using players from one program, Cathedral, though there are players from Apollo and Tech.

The new Beaudreau’s Bar Saints uniforms are classy and keep the same colors as the Snappers. Anderson said he has seen pictures of the old Saints uniforms, which were classic belt-less early 1980s style, and hopes they are no longer around.

“I hope those things are long gone because I don’t want to have to wear them on a throwback night or anything,” he quipped.

Anderson hopes the other traditions of the Saints, which included numerous state tournament appearances, can be retained.

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