PRESS RELEASE – The Chico Outlaws, members of the independent professional Golden Baseball League, announced today that Mike Marshall has been named as their new President and General Manager. Marshall is the second President of the club, following the legendary Bob Linscheid whose number was retired by the club last summer, and the fourth General Manager in the seven years that the team has been in existence. He replaces Outlaw General Manager Curt Jacey who has relocated to southern California for family reasons after two years at the helm of the organization.
“We believe that Mike Marshall is uniquely qualified to succeed in this position and bring success on the field, to the business and even more entertainment and value to our fans and business partners,” said David Kaval, CEO of Diamond Sports & Entertainment which owns the Chico Outlaws. “He has played at the highest levels of this sport and he has managed for years in the independent minor leagues, he has also served as General Manager in the NorthEast League, Vice-President of Baseball Operations for the Northern League and President and General Manager of the Yuma Scorpions.”
Marshall, 49, was an All-Star first baseman and outfielder during an 11-year major league career primarily with the Los Angeles Dodgers. One of the heroes of LA’s 1988 World Series Championship, he has managed or been an administrator in the minor leagues for the last ten years. He held on-field management positions in Albany, NY; El Paso, TX; and Yuma, AZ. He held executive front office positions in Albany, Dallas, and Yuma. His organizations are well known for winning on the field, and even more importantly for a focus on community involvement and partnering with charities and youth sports organizations wherever he has been.
“I am thrilled to have this opportunity in a city that has proven to be one of the best communities for minor league baseball in the country,” said Marshall. “This is a baseball town, with Nettleton Stadium being a tremendous facility, along with the great history of Chico Heat and Outlaws championship teams. The fans are enthusiastic and knowledgeable, the business community has partnered very well with the team, and the university has been such a fine partner over the years.”
Outlining initial plans for improving the franchise, Marshall went on to say, “In addition to great baseball, family entertainment, and current promotions and events we also plan to significantly enhance the Outlaws’ Kids Club; increase our fundraising programs for all charities, schools, and youth organizations; develop an Outlaws Baseball Academy with regular clinics and training for youth players; reach out to the senior community through special discounts and partnerships with the senior centers and retirement homes including an Outlaws shuttle for transportation; elevate the Outlaws Advisory Board to a Board of Directors along with local team ownership possibilities; increase support of and add new programs and benefits for the Chico Outlaws Booster Club members, work with CSU for facilities improvements at Nettleton Stadium, and have much greater activity in the community by the Outlaws’ players with the schools, hospitals, and other charitable organizations.” More details on these programs will be forthcoming.