Holyoke Blue Sox Name New GM

Holyoke Blue Sox New LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Blue Sox today named Hunter Golden as the team’s new General Manager. Owner & President Clark Eckhoff made the announcement on behalf of the organization. The team will officially introduce Golden at a press conference scheduled for Wednesday, December 4 at 3pm at La Quinta Ins & Suites in Springfield, MA, 100 Congress Street.

“In getting to know Hunter over the past few weeks, it’s easy to tell that he’s a great leader, has excellent people skills and we know he’ll do a great job with us,” said Eckhoff. “It really represents a fresh start for us. “

As General Manager, Golden will be in charge of shaping all aspects of the Blue Sox organization, from roster building & baseball operations through to game day event management and community relations.  On the heels of an ownership change and his hiring, Golden is optimistic about a successful restart for the Blue Sox brand.

“Heading forward, there are a lot of things for our fans and the community to be excited about,” said Golden. “We have a clear vision and strategy – and it’s all about creating a sustainable winner both on and off the field.”

Golden brings a unique combination of marketing and baseball experience to the table having run both a marketing consultancy for the past five years as well as writing about sabermetrics and the Boston Red Sox for ESPN.com’s Sweet Spot Network. As a marketing consultant, Golden worked with prominent brands such as Citi, Home Shopping Network, A&E, Children’s Friend & Family Services and Blackboard. As a baseball analyst, he has appeared frequently on 98.5 The Sports Hub, WEEI and ESPN’s weekly MLB power rankings.

“Taking a look at the totality of his experience, his ideas for building the roster, involving in the community and blending that together into one comprehensive vision for the organization made for a very appealing overall package for us,” continued Eckhoff. “We’re excited to have him on board and we know he’ll hit the ground running in full stride and that no one will outwork him.”

The 2013 offseason has been a busy one for the Blue Sox, who not only are under new ownership, but will be preparing for the 2014 NECBL All Star Game which will be played at MacKenzie Stadium on July 20th, 2014.

“The bottom line is that we’ve got lots of work to do, no question about it,” said Golden. “We want to build. We want to build on what’s here and build what isn’t. Over time, we’ll add complimentary pieces, and create an advantage, so that the Blue Sox can sustain success over the long haul on the field and in the community.”

A native of North Canaan, CT, Golden graduated Salisbury School (CT) and earned a degree in communications from Springfield College. He currently lives in Longmeadow with his wife Annamarie Golden and two daughters Abigail & Lydia.

The 2014 season will represent the Blue Sox 7th season in Pioneer Valley, playing at MacKenzie Stadium in Holyoke. The Blue Sox have been a member of the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL – http://www.necbl.com ) since 2008. The NECBL is one of three collegiate leagues funded in part by Major League Baseball and is comprised of 12 teams throughout all 6 New England States.

Blue Sox and New England Collegiate Baseball League players come from the top college programs across the country, some of whom are drafted into Major League Baseball. In all, twenty-nine of the thirty teams in Major League Baseball have had NECBL alums on their rosters. Notable recent alums include Stephen Strasburg, Mark Appel, Andre Ethier, Andrew Bailey and Joe Nathan.

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