Written by Press Release
Tuesday, 03 October 2006 12:00
The Worcester Tornadoes announced today that team president and CEO Alan Stone has resigned and will be replaced by long-time baseball executive RC Reuteman.
Stone, one of the team’s founders, will continue as a member of the Tornadoes’ board of directors. “During the last two years, I have been totally dedicated to the growth and success of the Tornadoes. Sharing the joy of seeing the team emerge from vision to reality with city leadership, sponsors and the best fans in baseball has been an experience I will always treasure,” said Stone. “Now it is time for me to step back and play a different role as a member of our board.” Stone will be pursuing new business ventures in the area of sports marketing and will remain active within the CanAm League.
Reuteman, who has been in baseball for more than thirty years, will join the Tornadoes as President and General Manager. After beginning his career as a batboy for the Milwaukee Brewers, Reuteman has worked for the Seattle Mariners, San Francisco Giants, and New York Mets organizations. His resume includes running the Tidewater Tides, Binghamton Mets and Brooklyn Cyclones minor league teams.
Ted Tye, Tornadoes Chairman of the Board, said the team will miss Stone. “Alan has been the face of the Tornadoes in Worcester and has been a key to our success,” said Tye. “We are glad that he will help with our transition over the coming months and will continue to contribute as a member of our board.”
“I can’t think of a better person than RC Reuteman to take us to the next level,” said Tye. “He is a true professional who is respected across the country as someone who understands minor league baseball. RC will help us continue to deliver a great baseball experience to our fans, sponsors and the community.”
Reuteman is in the process of relocating to Worcester but is already actively planning for the 2007 season. He will assume full time duties at the team’s Main Street offices in mid-October.
In addition, the team announced that Manager Rich Gedman has been named to the position of Director of Baseball Operations and Community Relations. In his new role, Gedman will work year-round on creating new relationships in the Worcester community, the team’s school and community programs, and Tornadoes baseball camps. Gedman will continue as the team’s field manager and will be responsible for all player procurement and baseball operations.
“This position gives me the chance to play a larger role in the Tornadoes’ success,” said Gedman. “I look forward to being out in the community to meet with sponsors, fans and members of the community over the coming months. We want to provide a great baseball team and a great experience for our fans.”
In other front office changes, General Manger Todd Marlin has resigned and will be leaving the team. Jorg Bassiacos will return as Assistant General Manager and Director of Operations. Joe Izzo will also return as Assistant General Manager and Director of Sales and Marketing.
According to Tye, “We look forward to building on the success of our first two years. A night at Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field has quickly become a special experience for our fans in the Worcester area. Our front office will be working hard in the coming weeks to make the Tornadoes even better in 2007.