‘Tis the season, and the Newark Bears are holding a toy drive to make the holiday season a little brighter for some Essex County children.
The Bears want to encourage donations of unwrapped toys that will serve as gifts to these children. Donation locations will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at Bears & Eagle Riverfront Stadium on Broad St. in Newark as well as Dr. Doug Spiel’s medical office in Edison, N.J. on Oak Tree Rd. Hurry because the toy drive ends on December 12.
Mascot, dance team & anthem auditions
The Newark Bears will hold auditions for members of the 2013 dance team, mascot performers, and national anthem singers at Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium on December 15th and 16th. Prospective performers must register by December 12th. See the team’s website for more information.
Rockland Boulders name new manager
The Rockland Boulders have hired Jamie Keefe to manage the club in 2013. Keefe played at the Triple-A level in the San Diego Padres organization and was a third round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1992. He led the Pittsfield Colonials to playoff appearances in 2010 and 2011 and was the Can-Am League manager of the year in 2011.
“We have one on-field objective for our ever-growing fan base and that is building a championship team,” Team President Ken Lehner said in a statement. “As a result, Boulders Baseball is going to be an aggressive, high energy brand of ball this summer. Our sights are set on the playoffs and in order to achieve that next step we need to match up and compete with Quebec and New Jersey. Jamie embraced these objectives and challenges in the interview process and that is why he is the second manager in the history of the organization.”
Oberkfell to manage in the American Association
Former Newark Bears manager Ken Oberkfell was hired to manage the Lincoln (Neb.) Saltdogs last week.
“I got a good taste of independent baseball with the Newark Bears in the Can-Am League last year, and when this opportunity came up to manage Lincoln, I asked around and everybody I talked to said it was a great opportunity,” Oberkfell told the Lincoln Journal Star. “With affiliated baseball, you are told what to do with each player. In (independent) ball, you actually manage the roster, the lineup and everything else. I will count heavily on the front office with Tim Utrup (Saltdogs general manager) and the rest of the staff.”