Newark Bears Unveil New Unis

PRESS RELEASE – The Newark Bears held their annual Media Day festivities Thursday afternoon at Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium, with Bears partner and CEO Tom Cetnar unveiling a new red, white and blue home uniform that will be worn for the first time when the Bears open their 2011 season next Thursday, May 26.

“We wanted to do something to honor the U.S. troops this season, so we’re wearing red, white and blue at home,” Cetnar said in addressing the media on hand. “When the wars overseas are over, we’ll go back to wearing the home pinstripes. For now, we’ll wear the new ones.”

Bears manager Tim Raines, general manager Mike Torrez, pitching coach Jim Leyritz and bench coach Ron Karkovice all donned the new uniform jerseys, which feature the broad navy blue “N” on the heart and the numerals in red.

Raines, the former All-Star player in the big leagues who just missed gaining entrance to the Baseball Hall of Fame last fall, was eager to begin his third season managing in Newark.

“I’m happy to be back,” Raines said. “Even though we’re in a new league (the Can-Am League), I’m looking forward to it. We’re going to try to teach these younger guys how to play professional baseball. It’s going to be different than what we had in the past, but I think it’s going to be a lot more fun, working with the younger guys.”

Torrez, the former All-Star pitcher who had stints with the 1977 World Series champion Yankees as well as the Mets, was the Bears’ pitching coach in 2009 and returns this season in an administrative role.

“I’m glad to be back and I was looking forward to being back,” said Torrez, who serves as a general manager for the first time. “I know a little bit more now of the business side. We are going to have a great young team and the coaches we have are very experienced. We have a bunch of young guys who are eager to learn. I think the fans are going to see a great brand of baseball and we’ll give a lot of entertainment to the community.”

Leyritz, who played for the Bears in 2001 for a brief stint, returns as the pitching coach.

“I think it’s pretty special to be back in a position to help rebuild Newark and keep it growing in a positive manner,” Leyritz said. “We’re getting the opportunity to coach a group of guys like this who were maybe overlooked. I was never drafted, but I played 11 years in the Major Leagues. If I can help any of these kids reach their dream, then that’s why we’re all here. Not many minor league clubs have the kind of coaching staff like we have. These kids are getting the opportunity to learn a lot more than other minor leaguers.”

Bears partner Danielle Dronet introduced the new Honey Bears dance team as well spoke of the Bearettes, a youth dance performing group that will make their debut Thursday.

The Bears will play an exhibition game Sunday against “Hank’s Yanks,” a youth baseball team sponsored by New York Yankees owner Hank Steinbrenner, who will be on hand for the game Sunday.

“We’re excited to have Hank come here,” Cetnar said. “He has the Subway Series that day against the Mets, but we’re honored to have him come for the game Sunday.”

The charity game will help raise money for pancreatic cancer research as well as youth baseball programs.

The Bears will begin the 2011 season Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 11 a.m. against the Rockland Boulders, a game that will be attended by several thousand Newark grade school students as part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” fitness campaign.

The Bears will play the 2011 season in the Can-Am professional baseball league, after spending 12 years in the Atlantic League. The Can-Am League, which also features neighboring rival the New Jersey Jackals, runs its season from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.

For more information about the Bears and tickets for the 2011 season, call the Bears’ office at (973) 848-1000 or log on to

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  1. Jason

    Didn’t the Bears have similar uniforms earlier last decade? I am all about saluting our troops, but not when you are parading out erstwhile uniforms of just a few years ago. However, I do like the simple and classic look of the new garbs in Newark. I hope they find success in the Can-Am League.

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