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Saturday, April 9, 2016

John Kameisha, Happy To - 28

The Portland Sea Dogs readied to start their home schedule in April 1996, except the weather didn't cooperate as temperatures dipped into the 30s, according to The Bangor Daily News.

The Sea Dogs, though, didn't seem to mind, The Daily News wrote. Club assistant general manager John Kameisha believed he knew why.

"They're just happy to be playing," Kameisha told The Daily News. "Obviously they would prefer it to be 85 degrees."

Kameisha has apparently been happy to be involved in minor league baseball himself. He's been involved now for more than three decades. He continues with the Sea Dogs in 2016 as senior vice president.

Kameisha's career in the minors began in 1986, working for the Columbus Clippers. He stayed there a year and spent another year at AA Reading. He arrived at AA New Britain in 1988, staying through 1993, serving as assistant general manager.

He moved to Portland for 1994 at the behest of the new club's new general manager Charlie Eshbach, joining as assistant general manager before moving to executive vice president.

Kameisha made senior vice president in 2010. Among his duties is watching over souvenir shop inventory. Sea Dogs inventory moves, spending time on the list of the top 25 minor league clubs in merchandise sales each of the club's -  and Kameisha's - first 18 seasons in Portland.

In 2015, Kameisha talked uniforms in a Q and A with a local cleaners, and served as interpreter for Sea Dogs mascot Slugger. Among Kemeisha's answers was to a question about whether Slugger had actually won any race around the bases.

"Officially, no," Kameisha told the site. "Unofficially, he won one but then was disqualified."
Note: The New Britain Red Sox "The Staff" card includes no identifying information, however form from left to right is general manager Gerry Berthiaume, assistant general manager John Kameisha and business manager Steve Archibald. Berthiaume kindly identified each after a Greatest 21 Days email inquiry.
1990 Minor League Tally
Players/Coaches Featured: 2,329
Made the Majors: 965-41.4%
Never Made Majors:1,364-58.6%
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 401
10+ Seasons in the Minors:242

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