Minnesota’s Juan returns home to join La Crosse Loggers

The first glimpse at the 2011 La Crosse Loggers came Sunday when General Manager Chris Goodell held the teams first meeting of the year.

Not everyone has arrived in town yet, but a familiar face was back on the bench at Copeland Park.

Central High School graduate Bobby Juan, a former Wisconsin Baseball Player of the Year, will spend the Summer back in La Crosse as part of the team he grew up watching.

“I always grew up a Loggers fan,” Juan said Sunday.  “I came to watch good baseball.”

Now Juan is here to play good baseball against some of the best young players from around the country.

“Getting to see how baseball is played around the country will be fun,” says Juan.  “We have guys on our team) from Texas to Seattle.”

In his senior year at Central High School Juan he batted .603 with 14 home runs and 44 RBI in only 28 games.

In his first season as a Gopher, Juan played sparingly and finished batting .167 with 1 HR in 48 at-bats.

“I learned a lot from coaches and from the upper-classmen there,” Juan said reflecting on his freshman experience.  “I had a really good year just soaking everything in.”

No he’s getting set to play in front of family and friends once again at Copeland Park starting Saturday.  He says he won’t feel the pressure to perform.

“I’m going to play more relaxed knowing everyone around me is supporting me no matter what.  I think that is more of a relaxing feeling than pressure.”