Greg Suire has been chosen to operate the Martinsville Mustangs (summer collegiate; Coastal Plain League) next season, bringing experience with other Coastal Plain League teams to Martinsville.
President of fellow CPL clubs the Wilson Tobs and the High Point-Thomasville HiToms, Suire will be overseeing operations for the Mustangs in 2020. He was introduced by city officials during a Martinsville City Council meeting on Tuesday, providing an opportunity to discuss some of his priorities for next season.
Along with building a competitive on-field product, Suire also wants to market the Mustangs’ Hooker Field as a regional destination and improve the fan experience for Mustangs game. It seems that city officials reacted positively to his vision. More from the Martinsville Bulletin:
Next, “we want to brand Martinsville,” making “historic Hooker Field” as a regional sports destination.
There will be a new logo and uniforms, Suire said, as well as hopefully “a renewed interest in this community” in the team.
The stadiums of the teams he owns were “cast away in disrepair” but now are “vibrant tourism attractions because of what we provide them.”…
“If people can’t get excited about baseball after hearing you speak, they weren’t listening, because you are enthusiastic,” Mayor Kathy Lawson said.
Suire will lead Martinsville Baseball & Sports, which has reached a management agreement with the city to cover the 2020 season, according to a press release issued by the Mustangs on Wednesday. “Our organization is very excited to become a part of the Martinsville community,” Suire said in a press statement. “We currently have two vibrant franchises in extremely passionate baseball communities and I look forward to experiencing this same energy in Martinsville-Henry County.”
Previously, the city-owned Mustangs operated as part of an agreement that called for the Coastal Plain League to handle management of the team. A contract between the city and the CPL expired with the conclusion of the 2019 season.