GM Leaves Mustangs for Oilmen

Jim Taipalus, the general manager of the summer collegiate Martinsville Mustangs (Coastal Plain League), has resigned his post to take the same job with the expansion summer collegiate Northwest Indiana Oilmen (Midwest Collegiate League).  Read more here.  Read the official press release from the Oilmen below:

PRESS RELEASE – The Northwest Indiana Oilmen Club President Don Popravak announced today that Jim Taipalus (pronounced Ty-Pull-Us) General Manager for the Martinsville Virginia Mustangs of the Coastal Plain League and native of Hillsdale Michigan has been hired as their first ever General Manager.    He will assume all management duties immediately.

“After searching nationally for a General Manager to lead the Northwest Indiana Oilmen we are extremely excited with the hiring of Jim Taipalus.  With his demonstrated track record of delivering impressive attendance and revenue results in the number # 2 nationally ranked Coastal Plains League we are looking for him to replicate his success for the Oilmen”, said Don Popravak Club President.  “As the Oilmen drive fans to Oil City Stadium we hope to assist our local business and community partners in helping their business grow in the future as well,” added Popravak.

Taipalus has over 4 years of baseball front office management experience working in minor league and pre-minor league baseball.  He began his baseball management career in 2008 with the Yuma Scorpions; a professional independent minor league team in the Golden Baseball League where he spent 2 seasons in their front office.  He quickly advanced and took on responsibilities in accounting, business operations, game day operations, marketing, and cooperate sales.  On top of his duties for the Scorpions, Jim managed all the player statistics for the Arizona Summer League and managed the merchandise, concessions, and game day operations for the Arizona Winter League.

After two seasons with the Yuma Scorpions Jim was hired as General Manager for the Martinsville Mustangs in Martinsville Virginia.  In 2010 he decreased the team’s expenses by 22% while increasing team revenue through multiple record breaking nights in attendance and game day revenue.  Through Jim’s leadership and creativity at the end of the 2011 season, the Martinsville Mustangs achieved their highest game day revenue in the franchises eight year history.  Additionally, overall attendance for the season had risen to 39,544 with an average game attendance of 1,582 per night a 55% percent increase from the previous season ranking the club 8th overall in the country for year to year attendance gains.   According to BallParkBiz.com the Martinsville Mustangs were ranked 6th in Coastal Plains League and 24th overall in the nation out of all 700 summer pre-minor league baseball teams in the country for total attendance.

“The Northwest Indiana Oilmen are a newest team in the MCL and I am excited to be apart of their organization, so I want to work fast in making our presence known in the community and in the Region,” said Oilmen’s GM Jim Taipalus.  “My main concentration will be getting groups out to the ballpark and showing each fan that every night will be an exciting event with a winning atmosphere.  My goal is to make Oil City Stadium known as the best and most affordable family entertainment venue in Northwest Indiana.”

The Northwest Indiana Oilmen are one of eight teams in the Midwest Collegiate League.  The Oilmen will face clubs from Chicago, Rockford and DuPage, Will and DeKalb counties, with ticket prices starting at $4.   For more information, friend us on Facebook or visit http://www.NWIOilmen.com.

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