PRESS RELEASE – Year one of Manhattan Capital Sports’ leadership of the Bowling Green Hot Rods (Class-A/Tampa Bay Rays) saw an approach dedicated to a fan-first experience. On Wednesday, the Hot Rods proudly announced the promotion of front office members who help execute this philosophy to the guests of Bowling Green Ballpark.
Eric Leach has been elevated to Assistant General Manager, while Matt Ingram and Jeremy Mosby were each promoted to Director of Sales and Operations respectively. Leach’s promotion comes on the heels of Ben Hemmenmoving up and accepting his first General Manager role with the High Desert Mavericks (Advanced-A/Texas Rangers).
“I believe we have one of the best staffs in sports, and these three have busted their tail off to earn promotions,” said Hot Rods Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Adam Nuse. “We’re very excited and happy for Ben to be the head guy for the first time in his career. The three that we’ve promoted have made our fans their number one priority, and we look forward to their expanded roles within the organization to bring even more new and exciting things for our fans at the ballpark this season and beyond.”
Leach brings a tremendous amount of experience both in the baseball world, and in the non-profit realm. He returned to baseball with the Hot Rods in 2013 after spending six years doing charity work in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and around the United States. His baseball experience reaches as high as the Triple-A level with the Omaha Royals. He’s no stranger to the Commonwealth, having spent five seasons with the Lexington Legends. Leach hails from Omaha, Neb., and lives in Bowling Green with his wife and two sons.
Ingram fills the Director of Sales role following Leach’s promotion. He spent the 2014 season as the Season Ticket & Box Office Manager. Ingram’s first season with the Hot Rods was as an intern during the 2012 campaign, and he was brought on full-time following the season. He’s a South-Central Kentucky native who graduated from Western Kentucky University in 2012 with a degree in sports management. Ingram, his wife Megan, and their two sons Jack and Theodore reside in Bowling Green.
Mosby, now Director of Operations, is another South-Central Kentucky native in the Hot Rods front office. Born in Glasgow, Mosby spent the 2014 season in the operations department that he now heads. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in computer information systems from Western Kentucky University. Mosby also obtained his Master’s from WKU, earning it in recreation and sports administration in 2014.
Hemmen was named Nuse’s first Assistant General Manager in January of 2014, after spending five seasons with the Omaha Storm Chasers (Triple-A/Kansas City Royals). His seventh season in Minor League Baseball will see his first chance to be at the helm of a club. High Desert competes in the California League, and are an affiliate of the Texas Rangers.
Hopes for summer are gaining air as an historic exhibition game at Bowling Green Ballpark is set for Tuesday, April 7. The WKU baseball team will square off against the Hot Rods in a nine-inning contest using Minor League Baseball rules. It will serve as a final tune-up for Bowling Green before beginning Midwest League play on Thursday, April 9 on the road. Opening Night presented by Reinhart Foodservice at Bowling Green Ballpark is set for Saturday, April 18, when the Hot Rods will entertain the Lake County Captains (Cleveland Indians) Season-ticket packages are available now, and they’re loaded with savings and benefits. For more information, visit BGHotRods.com, call 270-901-2121, or stop by the Bowling Green Ballpark office.