Meet new manager Nick Calderon

nickIn the photo, that’s him on the left.

Your left. As you’re looking at the photo.

Nick, from Superior, Colo., becomes the latest manager to join the league who wasn’t even born yet when the league started in 1980. His Tatooine Rebels replace the Michigan Moneyballers in the North Division for the 2017 season, as manager Ken Crawford bowed out after five seasons.

A self-proclaimed culture nerd, especially video games, comics, sci fi, Dungeons & Dragons and Star Wars, Nick is also a huge baseball fan, so even though this will mark his first experience with Strat-O-Matic, he’s got a strong handle on baseball strategy from a fan’s standpoint.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Nick grew up a Dodgers fan, a passion that has stuck with him even after moving to Colorado five years ago to work for Ball Aerospace, where he met Mike and John Renbarger.

“My junior high school had a program with Dodgers Stadium that allowed honor roll students to pass out freebies at the stadium,” he wrote in an e-mail. “I was able to attend quite a few games this way — and get my dad and brother into the games. My love for baseball has not dwindled since.”

Nick’s team name is a nod to Luke Skywalker’s home planet. The exact pronunciation of “Tatooine” is the subject of some debate, but it rhymes with “tangerine.” Some say “TAH-too-een,” some say “tah-TWEEN.”

Best to just call them the Rebels.

Nick is single, but engaged to Lorena Medina, who will be accompanying Nick on his inaugural Strat Draft visit four weeks from now.  For more on Nick, see his managerial profile.