Today, the Gastonia Honey Hunters have named Mauro “Goose” Gozzo Team Manager to guide the club in their inaugural season in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB).
Gozzo, whom the New York Mets drafted in the 13th round of the 1984 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft, was traded to the Kansas City Royals in 1987 as part of a deal for legendary New York pitcher David Cone
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The Honey Hunters said they are thrilled to have someone with Gozzo’s leadership skills and devotion to winning on board for the upcoming campaign.
“Mauro Gozzo brings decades of experience, commitment to excellence, and dedication to team and player development to the Honey Hunters organization,” David Martin, COO, Gastonia Honey Hunters, said. “As Team Manager, Gozzo will be the cornerstone to building a world-class team. We are thrilled to have him join our organization.”
Gozzo, 54, joined the Toronto Blue Jays, where he made his Major League debut in 1989. His six-year big league career included pitching for the Cleveland Indians (1990-91), Minnesota Twins, (1992). Also, he rejoined the Mets from 1993-94. Over the course of his 48 Major League appearances, Gozzo owns a 7-7 record in 124 innings pitched.
Across his 13-year playing career, Gozzo has made 349 career minor league appearances and owns 79 victories with a 3.83 ERA and 692 strikeouts in 1,134.2 innings.
Prior to joining Gastonia, Gozzo led the New Britain Bees, a former ALPB club, as the Field Manager and Pitching Coach in 2019. He has been a private instructor and has coached a nationally ranked elite competitive travel team in the Connecticut area for nine years.
“I am excited and honored to bring my love of baseball, my passion for motivating coaches, and players to compete at their highest levels, and my years of experience as a player, coach, and manager to the Gastonia Honey Hunters,” the Connecticut native said. “Fearless. Determined. Resilient. These are the words that we will live and play by on and off the field. I want to thank Brandon Bellamy, Honey Hunters Team Owner, and David Martin, COO, for the opportunity, and I look forward to a monumental inaugural season.”
Under Gozzo’s leadership, Honey Hunters will sign and announce Pitching and Batting Coaches as well as the roster for the upcoming inaugural season in preparation for ALPB’s opening date of May 28, 2021.
For more information, please visit www.gohoneyhunters.com.
— Jerry Del Priore