BRISTOL - While the search for the new general manager of the Bristol Blues came down to a few candidates, the Blues and ownership didn’t need to look past Brian Rooney, a Bristol resident born and raised.
“He is a blue-collared Bristol guy. He gets the job done no matter what, 24/7,” Blues co-owner Bob Dabkowski said. “He gets along with everyone, which are the qualities that you want in any business atmosphere.”
Rooney wasn’t the only option that Blues ownership was looking at.
“I looked at quite a few different people that sent in their resumes, but this seemed to make sense because of Brian’s background,” Dabkowski said. “He had everything that we wanted in our general manager.”
Rooney brings experience to the table.
He was involved in all facets of the Connecticut Blue Jays youth premier baseball organization and was with them for six seasons.
Rooney also has 20-plus years of coaching experience, including serving as an assistant coach at Bristol Eastern High School.
Recruiting is also something that Rooney is expected to help, along with manager Ronnie Palmer.
The Blues have already been recruiting local talent and players throughout the country.
Bristol is expecting around three to six players from last year’s group to return this summer.
Vanderbilt University, UConn, Central Connecticut State, Yale and Southern Maine are all schools that the Blues have been recruiting players at.
Along with baseball, the Blues are looking to utilize Muzzy Field as a place that all are welcome, not just baseball fans.
In order to do so, expect more events and game promotions to be offered from the Blues this season.
Rooney’s experience with operation management and working with sponsors is something that should be beneficial in that regard.
Already part of Bristol baseball history, having been part of the Bristol’s 1976 Little League World Series team that went to Williamsport, Rooney will look to bring his winning ways to the Blues organization.
“We want to win the whole thing, obviously,” Dabkowski said. “We came up a little short last year, but we started out 0-6 and ended up still making the playoffs.”
“Right now when I looked at the possible players on the roster, I think this is the year we’re going to win it all.”
Dan Orencole can be reached at 860-973-1811 or firstname.lastname@example.org