The Rancho Cucamonga Quakes' new manager, Mark Kertenian, is excited about the new season.  (Contributed photo by Mike Myers)

The Rancho Cucamonga Quakes' players and coaches returned to Loan Mart Field for Media Day on April 2, two days before the start of their 2019 baseball season.

The Quakes, who will be defending their title of 2018 California League champions, open the new year with four games in Stockton on April 4-7.

The Quakes' new manager, Mark Kertenian. is very proud of last year's championship team. "What a special team," he said.

A total of 16 former Quakes, including 15 from last year's club, will begin the year in Rancho Cucamonga.

Kertenian is excited about the extremely talented leaders of the team, specifically on the hitting side.

He believes that "like anything else in life, it's important that you're winning more than just a baseball game. If that's all we're winning, then we will be coming up short."

Kertenian grew up in Pasadena and Arcadia and attended Arcadia High School.

"I got to the place where I am in a less typical way than others. I did not play professional baseball. I played college baseball and coached college baseball for a number of years," he said.

This is Kertenian's third year in the Los Angeles Dodgers' organization and first year with the Quakes. He thinks they are creating an opportunity to develop players in the moment but also keeping an eye on the future.

The Quakes' home opener at LoanMart Field will be on Thursday, April 11 in the first of four games against the Lancaster JetHawks. Opening night will feature a post-game fireworks display and everyone who comes through the gates will also receive a 2019 Quakes magnet schedule.

Individual tickets, as well as full-season and mini-season tickets, are now on sale by calling (909) 481-5000 or online at rcquakes.com.

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