PRESS RELEASE – The search is over and the Prospect League has just reeled in a Big League catch with the hiring of Dennis Bastien to a 3 year contract beginning 12/1/16. Dennis Bastien’s baseball pedigree is the talk of all team owners.
When his resume landed on the desk of the executive committee search team it was a “are you kidding” moment by the owner of the West Virginia Miners, Tim Epling. And indeed it was the Dennis Bastien, well known in the industry and a true guru of professional baseball.
Bastien was selected by publication, “Baseball Sporting News” as Executive of the year for Minor League Baseball in 1988.
A few of Dennis Bastien’s career highlights include Owner/President/General Manager-Charleston Wheelers Class A team of the Chicago Cubs, then evolving into Cincinnati Reds Class A franchise. Twenty (+) years in the minors as a franchise owner/operator/general manager, Dennis recognizes the challenges behind the scenes of BASEBALL OPERATIONS. Bastien is considered exceptional in public speaking, corporate sales presentations and municipal /city/ballpark research and development, having done so in several cities for expansion teams and league growth in the Minor Leagues.
Why the Prospect League? “Timing” “After the last 15 years of recruiting, coaching and scouting I was seeking to finish out my professional career directing an amateur professional league in the Midwest, says Bastien.
Bruce Rosselli, Prospect League President and Interim Commissioner, set out a search nationwide for candidates. “Like signing players, we want the best, and sometimes you sign that last minute player that ends up being an All Star, said Rosselli. After honing down for an interview with the top three candidates, out of dozens who applied I got that last minute call from Mr. Bastien. I knew in five minutes on the phone, we might have that All Star, and included him in the interview process with the Executive Committee, and he was a hit, said Rosselli”.
Said Bastien, “It is a unique honor and privilege to be named Commissioner of the Prospect League. It is truly an outstanding organization and historic league. Their directors have been amazing in this process and we were extremely blessed to even be considered. I feel God led us to this position and through Him we will all work to elevate the Prospect League to its’ highest level. We are very humbled and proud and look forward to working with the teams, their leaders and each current and future
The position for league commissioner became available when Prospect League Commissioner Bryan Wickline’s 2 year term ended September 30, 2016, thus choosing not to seek a contractual extension. Bryan Wickline’s commitment to the league will continue as owner/operator of the Chillicothe Paints.