NEW BRITAIN - The New Britain Bees announced Monday they promoted Bret DeRosa to be the teamâ€™s General Manager.
DeRosa, a middletown resident, served as the teamâ€™s assistant general manager and business manager since joining the organization in 2018. He takes over for Brad Smith, who recently purchased the Bees and is now the teamâ€™s president.
â€śBrad and I have invested a lot of time in the past three years since Iâ€™ve been here, just working as hard as we can to keep people happy when they come to New Britain Stadium,â€ť DeRosa said. â€śObviously thereâ€™s more work to come now that Bradâ€™s the owner, [we will] keep working side by side. It feels really good, being a sports fan and a baseball fan all my life, to work my way up to this point and have a product we both believe in. To be able to bring that to a community like New Britain is pretty awesome.â€ť
DeRosa worked for the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League and Dynamic Sports Management before joining the Bees and is looking to grow both the Beesâ€™ audience and success in his new role.
â€śHe earned it,â€ť Smith said. â€śFor the last three years Iâ€™ve been working side by side with Bret. So as I became owner in the last month or so, I just fully felt Bret earned the promotion and earned a little bit more responsibility.â€ť
The Bees are entering their second season in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League after going 15-23 last summer in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. New Britain hired Donnie McKillop as the teamâ€™s manager and will look to take the next step as a collegiate summer league team as more fans are allowed back in the ballpark and pandemic begins to die down.
â€śI think we feel really good where we are,â€ť DeRosa said. â€śWe were able to have a base of a really good season last year, given all the circumstances, being able to put that on and pull it off. Weâ€™re going to work with the city about the guidelines that weâ€™re going to have in place for 2021, weâ€™re going to take all the necessary precautions. Just speaking with people as we do our offseason work, just trying to drum up people who want to come out, I think thereâ€™s a lot of people who are excited to get out again and go to a baseball game.â€ť
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