PITTSFIELD -- Pittsfield Suns owner Jeff Goldklang said it didn't take much time to determine that Kevin McGuire was the only person to take over as the team's general manager.
"It was the obvious choice," said Goldklang, as the team announced McGuire's promotion on Monday.
McGuire, who spent last year as the assistant general manager, will take the general manager's job that Jamie Keefe relinquished when he took a coaching position at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell. Monday was McGuire's first official day as general manager.
"Jamie did a fantastic job for us," Goldklang said, while heading to Brockton for a meeting of Futures League owners. "As soon as he told us he wasn't staying on, it was a real easy decision. Last year, Kevin took on a leadership role and a tremendous amount of responsibility with the ballclub from the day that Jamie had to go on the road [as field manager].
"It's not a huge change in responsibilities for Kevin. He's the best for that job."
Keefe did spend a lot of time away from Pittsfield once the 2012 season ended, so Monday's official transfer of power didn't provide a big shakeup.
"It doesn't feel a whole lot different yet," said McGuire. "It's an exciting feeling for sure."
A Goldklang employee since graduating from SUNY-Cort land in 2010, McGuire came to Pittsfield last year after serving as the Director of Promotions and Entertainment with the New York-Penn League's Hudson Valley Renegades.
McGuire is strictly an off-the-field executive. He is actively involved in the day-to-day operation of the franchise, from the selling of season and game tickets, to the advertising, to the on-field promotions. The player personnel duties will fall on Keefe, who was the field manager last summer and is still helping put the 2013 Suns together, along with the new manager.
Goldklang did say the team is in the process of hiring a new field manager for the 2013 season. The team is considering potential managers with some professional experience as well as some with extensive backgrounds in college baseball. The owner said while the team has an official time table of having a manager in place prior to Thanksgiving, he said he would be disappointed if the search took that long.
"We're talking to a lot of different people. With Pittsfield and with Jamie coming off the last couple of years -- not only with the Suns but with the Colonials -- we were hoping to get someone with a little bit of [professional] experience, who could handle a little bit of a larger market than a lot of collegiate teams," said Goldklang. "We obviously would like to have someone by Halloween or so."
McGuire said that off the field, things won't change very much under his stewardship as general manager.
"It's still the Goldklang Group formula that will make this team successful," McGuire said. "That's the formula we're going to continue with. We had a good first year. We'll certainly change a few things. A lot will be the same and we'll continue to build on what we did last year."
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