The Whitecaps are all set to open their 23rd season in West Michigan but Mother Nature probably won't cooperate with Thursday evening's scheduled Opening Day.

The weather didn't cooperate Wednesday either but the team found a way around that.

The team had to cancel the scheduled open workout at Fifth Third Ballpark due to the rain, but they still got their hitting and fielding in over at Elite Baseball and Softball Training in Wyoming.

As is the case every season, the ball club has a new look roster this year with a few holdovers but they do have a new manager in former Tigers catcher Mike Rabello.

He jumps up a level from the rookie league Connecticut Tigers to manage the Whitecaps. He's just as excited to get going as the rest of the Whitecaps rookies.

"There's no pressure here's our hand, this is the hand we are dealt and we're going to play hard. I'm really, really comfortable with the roster we've assembled and really thrilled to get it going." says new manager Mike Rabelo, "It's a lot nicer because there's 25 players on this roster as opposed to 35 so it's going to be a lot easier to get guys in since we have 10 less players."

"I heard it's a great town, it relates well to college with the fans in that people are pretty loyal to the Whitecaps, people like to get out and cheer and that's really cool," says first baseman Blaise Salter.

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