Bees promote DeRosa to General Manager

Published on Thursday, 1 April 2021 21:37


NEW BRITAIN - The New Britain Bees announced Monday they promoted Bret DeRosa to be the team’s General Manager.

DeRosa, a middletown resident, served as the team’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 team’s president.

“Brad and I have invested a lot of time in the past three years since I’ve been here, just working as hard as we can to keep people happy when they come to New Britain Stadium,” DeRosa said. “Obviously there’s more work to come now that Brad’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.”

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 Bees’ audience and success in his new role.

“He earned it,” Smith said. “For the last three years I’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.”

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 team’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.

“I think we feel really good where we are,” DeRosa said. “We 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. We’re going to work with the city about the guidelines that we’re going to have in place for 2021, we’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 there’s a lot of people who are excited to get out again and go to a baseball game.”

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Posted in The Bristol Press, New Britain Bees on Thursday, 1 April 2021 21:37. Updated: Thursday, 1 April 2021 21:39.