Mustangs GM Getting Comfortable in New Role

By Matt Tritten |

Published 05/07 2014 07:08PM

Updated 05/07 2014 07:44PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Ky Turner had a firm hold on the "Director of Fun" position in the Mustangs organization for the last five years, but now the St. Joe native's having fun learning the business side of baseball.

"He was waiting in the wings for this opportunity," manager Matt Johnson said.

Rick Muntean was the club's inaugural general manager, and helped lead the program to two MINK Championships.

"Rick's going to be missed. He had so many years of experience. He was such a great guy, and did so much in the community. He really was a mentor to me."

Muntean left in the off-season to be the GM of the Lake Erie Crushers in Avon, Ohio, but he had been grooming his successor since day one.

Working with Muntean helped Turner ease into the position he earned in late February as St. Joe's general manager.

"Rick had worked in baseball for over 30 years," Turner said. "Just seeing what it takes to put on a successful product, and just how every detail matters. And it doesn't matter what level you're at."

It's fitting for Turner to see his career continue to grow in the stadium that his great grandfather, Byron Myers, helped build back in 1939.

"It's special enough for me to go to work everyday at Phil Welch Stadium, and it's pretty special to think 75 years ago my great grandfather was out here working away. It's just kind of neat to have that thought."

Once opening day arrives on May 27th, fans will fill the bleachers ready for another successful Mustangs season, and St. Joe's newest GM will get to see all of his off-season work finally pay off.

"He's ready to go for it," Johnson said. "I've seen the excitement in his eyes. Now we'll just see what day one brings when everything's put together."

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