The Gastonia Honey Hunters of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB) announced yesterday that Mauro “Goose” Gozzo has inked a three-year deal with the team to continue his role as Manager.
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.
He guided the Honey Hunters to an 88-44 record, finishing at the top spot in the ALPB this past season.
Additionally, Gastonia broke the ALPB record for most stolen bases by a team in a regular season. In 2022, the club claimed the first and second half South Division Championship.
“I am excited to continue building the Gastonia Honey Hunters brand on and off the field,” Gozzo said on GoHoneyHunters.com. “Thank you to the fans and town officials for all your support. I have enjoyed Gastonia and the surrounding communities, and I am looking forward to our future successes.”
The Honey Hunters have also signed a one-year contract with Assistant General Manager Brady Salisbury. This will be Salisbury’s second season with Gastonia.
“I am very appreciative to have the trust from higher up to bring me back for another year. Really looking forward to helping build another competitive roster and continuing to make Gastonia a staple in this league. Next year brings high expectations and I am ready to put in the effort to meet them,” says Brady Salisbury, when asked about returning to Gastonia for another year.
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