We have some personnel moves to note: Kevin McGuire is the new GM of the Pittsfield Suns (summer collegiate; Futures League) and Chuck Heeman is GM of the new Medford team in the West Coast League.
McGuire (shown to the right) ascends to the role after spending the 2012 season as the Suns’ assistant general manager, where he handled most of the club’s daily operations.
McGuire has been a member of the Goldklang Group, which owns the Suns, since 2010. His career began with the Hudson Valley Renegades (short season A; N-Y Penn League) as a promotions intern, where he rose quickly to the role of director of promotions and entertainment for the 2011 season. With the Renegades, McGuire was in charge of all aspects of the club’s entertainment.
“I am honored that the Goldklang group has bestowed this great opportunity on me,” McGuire said. “Having been involved with professional baseball for most of my life I have always looked up to the Goldklang Group for being on the cutting edge of this industry. To now lead one of their franchises is a dream come true.
“I look forward to building on the work that we started here in Pittsfield last year, and continuing the renaissance of baseball in this historic market.”
“There’s nobody better suited for this role than Kevin,” said Jeff Goldklang, managing director of the Goldklang Group and principal owner of the Suns. “The strides we made in year one were largely attributable to Kevin and his staff, and we can’t wait to see what year two may bring. Personally, as Pittsfield residents already know, he can entertain with the best of them. What they will find out is that he’s every bit as prepared and creative in the front office.”
In Medford, Heenan arrives after serving as the GM of the Klamath Falls Gems in the same circuit. He’ll be charged with some big tasks: the team is starting from scratch at Harry & David Field, so he’ll be organizing operations and running a name-the-team contest.
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