On Monday, the Newark Bears announced a job fair on Saturday, February 9th from noon to 2 p.m. For more information and to RSVP (by February 2nd), email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coming up on March 16th, you’ll have the opportunity to audition for the Honey Bears dance team, to play mascots Ruppert or Effa, or be the on-field host. You will also be able to try out to sing the National Anthem before a Bears game. Visit the Bears’ website for more information.
The Newark Bears announced a partnership with the New Jersey Amateur Baseball League today, which will make Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium the official home of the new amateur league. It sounds like we’ll be seeing some Sunday doubleheaders combining Bears games and NJABL action.
The NJABL is playing its inaugural season in 2013, with both wood and metal bat “leagues.” After looking at its website, I’m not sure what kind of play level it offers – it sounds almost like a “serious” recreational league to me… I guess we’ll find out in a few months.
Here’s the Bears’ press release.
Newark Bears Announce Partnership with New Jersey Amateur Baseball League
The Newark Bears and New Jersey Amateur Baseball League (NJABL) have announced a partnership for the 2013 season.
As part of the agreement, Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium will become the official home of the NJABL, with the league scheduled to start play in April. Additionally, the Bears and the NJABL will host Amateur/Pro doubleheaders at the stadium.
The Bears will use the NJABL as a way to scout local talent and will also offer private tryouts to certain NJABL players.
The New Jersey Amateur Baseball League will host its Managers Meeting at the ballpark on January 27. Teams or players interested in participating in the 2013 season should RSVP through the league’s official website.
The Newark Bears have announced that Garry Templeton will manage the Newark Bears in 2013.
Here’s the team’s press release.
Newark Bears Hire Garry Templeton as Manager
The Newark Bears proudly announce that former major leaguer and three-time National League All-Star Garry Templeton has been hired as the team’s manager.
“The Newark Bears are excited to welcome Garry Templeton to our organization,” said the team’s owner/CEO/GM Danielle Dronet. “Garry was an All-Star as a player, and has a proven track record as manager in both the minor leagues and independent baseball. We believe that his hiring is the first step toward winning a championship in 2013.”
Templeton was a 16-year veteran, who spent time with the St. Louis Cardinals, San Diego Padres and New York Mets during his playing career. A former shortstop, he had 2,096 hits during his career, earned two Silver Slugger Awards and became the first switch-hitter to have 100 hits from both sides of the plate in one season.
A California native, Templeton has 13 years of experience as a manager in both affiliated and independent ball. He began his coaching career in 1998 with the Anaheim Angels’ minor league system, spending four seasons with the organization. He reached as high as Triple-A, before joining the independent leagues in 2003.
A press conference to introduce Templeton will take place within a month. The date and time will be released soon.
In other Can-Am League news, the Toronto Blue Jays purchased the contract of left-handed pitcher Tony Davis from the Quebec Capitales today. He went 2-0 with a 1.06 ERA in 20 regular-season relief appearances, striking out 16 in 17 innings pitched. Originally selected in the 12th round of the 2009 draft by the Minnesota Twins, Davis made it as far as Double-A in affiliated baseball.
“The Blue Jays needed some more lefthanded relievers in their organization, and had shown a lot of interest in Tony Davis,” Capitales manager Patrick Scalabrini said in a Can-Am League press release. “He definitely has a chance to climb the ladder quickly.”
Earlier this off-season, Quebec sold the contract of right-handed pitcher Chris Cox to the Arizona Diamondbacks organization and the Newark Bears sold the contract of right-handed pitcher Omar Javier to the San Francisco Giants organization.
Santa Claus visited Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium in Newark this weekend to make the holiday season a bit brighter for some Essex County children. The Newark Bears shared some photos from the event through their Flickr account today.