Chris Maxwell, the former general manger of the Casper Ghosts (rookie; Pioneer League) is moving southeast: he’s the new general manager of the Bluefield Bue Jays (rookie; Appalachian League), overseeing the first season for Toronto as parent of a Bluefield team.
The city had been home to the Baltimore Orioles for 53 years prior to leaving in August 2010.
“This is a tremendous honor for me to be associated with an organization with such a long and storied history as Bluefield,” Maxwell said at a press conference at Bowen Field last week. “We will continue to build on that history and be very conscious that we are entrusted with one of the great jewels of minor league baseball” he added.
Maxwell, a native of Glen Rock, NJ had worked in various roles in Casper since 2008 before taking over in 2010.
His baseball career started as a game day employee and visiting clubhouse manager with the Lakewood Blueclaws (Low Class A; Sally League). He then took the position of home clubhouse manager with the Southwest Michigan Devil Rays (Low Class A; Midwest League) and the Birmingham Barons (Class AA; Southern League) before joining the Ghosts.
One of the things he looks forward to is seeing his first Mercer Cup game. Mercer County, W.V. is the home to both the Bluefield Blue Jays and the Princeton Rays. The winner of the most head to head games each season wins the Mercer cup.
“The Mercer Cup is as important as an Appy league championship to the people of this town and I am thrilled to be a part of it,” Maxwell said. “This may be the best rivalry in minor league baseball.”
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