BRISBANE, 22 October - The Australian Baseball League is pleased to announce Jay Klein as the new General Manager and Shea Maple as the Assistant General Manager of the 2013 Brisbane Bandits. Both started with the Bandits October 14.
"Not only do both bring a great passion for baseball and front office management experience to the Bandits," said Ben Foster, General Manager of the Australian Baseball League, "but their dedication to the overall fan experience is sure to provide a fun, unforgettable baseball season for all."
Born in the United States, both Klein and Maple attended university in Australia- Klein at the University of Newcastle and Maple at Deakin University.
Klein shared that a night with the Bandits should be a fun and inexpensive experience for families and fans, but warned that they won't be taking themselves too seriously in the stands.
"I am simply thrilled for this opportunity to be a Bandit," Klein said. "Just because we take baseball seriously doesn't mean we shouldn't strive to provide the fans many reasons to laugh during the games. Our goal is to give our members and fans plenty of reasons to pack this new stadium all season long."
Klein, who graduated from the University of Oregon School of Law in 2003, left his law practice to intern at Reynolds Sports Management in 2006. There, he utilized his extensive experience in marketing, sales and law to assist a team of sports agents in their representation of Major League Baseball players such as Torii Hunter, Ryan Howard, B.J. Upton and Justin Upton.
Klein then joined the Long Beach Armada of the independent California-based Golden Baseball League where he quickly ascended to the position of General Manager. Klein spearheaded several promotions that garnered national media attention, including renaming the team to the longest team name in the history of professional team sport.
"Baseball has always been my first love," Klein said. "And as a lawyer, I can assure the fans that most of the fun to be had this season will be legal."
Maple joins the Bandits from the Salem Red Sox where he was the Director of Corporate Partnerships and Premium Services. Maple has spent four seasons with three separate minor league teams, the latest of which won its league championship.
"We hope that fans are as excited about this season as we are," said Maple. "A renovated Holloway Field is going to be a great asset to ensuring a better, complete baseball experience on both sides of the foul lines."