Andrew Berlin, the new owner of the Single-A South Bend Silver Hawks, unveiled $3.75 million in renovations today that will be done to Coveleski Stadium in time for the 2012 season. $2 million will come from the team, and the other $1.75 will be covered by the city. Read more here. View renderings here.
PRESS RELEASE – The professional baseball executive who successfully launched the new Port Charlotte franchise in Florida for Cal Ripken’s baseball consulting firm, has been hired as the incoming President of the South Bend Silver Hawks.
“We’re very excited,” commented Andrew T. Berlin, President of Swing-Batter-Swing, LLC. ” Joe Hart brings a whole new level of professional expertise and a completely fresh way of thinking about the stadium experience for families and individuals who are looking for great, wholesome entertainment in an outdoor setting. Michiana is going to be re-introduced to the Cove this spring, and Joe Hart will have a lot to do with it.”
“I’m really focused on the modern fan experience when it comes to stadium and visitors in professional baseball,” commented Hart. “There simply has to be a lot more to do than just watch a game — a lot more. And that’s what I’m excited about being part of with the new South Bend Silver Hawks. Michiana is going to love what we do.”
Hart was voted by the Florida State League Executive of the Year at the Winter Baseball Meetings held in Dallas, Texas in December of 2011. “This is an honor bestowed upon Joe by his peers,” added Berlin. “This should also tell you something about his character. Joe Hart is a good businessman who is well liked, even by his competitors.”
Hart and his family will relocate to the South Bend area where he will assume his new role as President of the Silver Hawks sometime in January of 2012. He will be available for media comments upon request.
Swing-Batter-Swing, LLC, based out of Chicago, Illinois reached an agreement to purchase the South Bend Silver Hawks from the current owners of the team in November of 2011. The sale remains pending the approval of baseball authorities, including The Midwest League, Minor League Baseball and Major League Baseball. It is also subject to the review of the Baseball Office of the Commissioner.