CDS picks former MLB player Cummings as new coach



By Jarrett Guthrie

CARROLLWOOD - Carrollwood Day has hired Midre Cummings as the Patriots next baseball coach, athletic director Baker Mabry said on Tuesday.

Cummings, a native of St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands, was a first-round selection by the Minnesota Twins in 1990 and played Major League Baseball for 11 seasons. Cummings played for seven different organizations at the MLB level and won a World Series in 2001 with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

New CDS baseball coach Midre Cummings.
(Photo courtesy of CDS Athletics)
“Cummings brings a wealth of baseball playing and coaching experience and has played at the highest level,” Mabry said in a release issued to parents on Tuesday. “He is very committed to making sure our team excels not only on the field but in the class room and as positive role models in the Tampa Bay community."

Since retiring from playing, he has been an active private instructor and travel ball coach, and has helped run the Florida Hit and Run program in the Tampa Bay area.

Cummings replaces previous CDS coach Ken Akins, who resigned in June and has since been named head baseball coach at Academy at the Lakes in Land O’Lakes.

In the spring, the Patriots had the program’s most successful season, winning its first district and region titles, reaching the FHSAA Class 3A state semifinals, and finishing with a 24-4 record.

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