October 11, 2007 - American Association (AA) - Fort Worth Cats
John Bilbow has been named the new General Manager of the Fort Worth Cats, it was announced today. Bilbow, 36, has been with the Cats since 2002 and served as the team\'s Assistant General Manager this past season. Before that, he was the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the Cats.
"This is a very exciting time for the Cats and their fans," said Bilbow. "Having won three consecutive championships is very special. The atmosphere at Cats\' games is so unique. I never get tired of hearing fans talk about how much they enjoy the experience each and every time they come to historic LaGrave Field. I feel like I work for the best organization in sports. I\'m grateful to Cats\' owner Carl Bell for giving me this opportunity."
"John Bilbow has demonstrated that he is ready to be the General Manager of the Fort Worth Cats," said Cats\' owner Carl Bell. "We had a number of challenges this past season, mainly due to weather, and John was ready for each and every one. John has been with us since 2002 when LaGrave Field was built and has a unique perspective on the organization and Fort Worth.
"We understand it\'s not easy to win a championship and that\'s why winning back-to-back-to-back titles is so special," said Bell. "Our fans are excited about what we\'ve been able to accomplish. There will be a lot of interesting things happening around LaGrave Field in the coming years with Trinity Uptown. We are very optimistic about the future."
Cats\' President John Dittrich served as General Manager of the Cats in 2007. Dittrich will continue on as the Cats\' President.
"I want to thank John Dittrich for stepping in and being the General Manager this past season," Bell said. "John agreed to do it for one year with the understanding we\'d have someone else in place after the 2007 season."
The Cats won the 2007 American Association Championship in early September at LaGrave Field by defeating the St. Paul Saints in the decisive fifth game for the second straight season. Fort Worth won the 2006 American Association title in St. Paul. The Cats claimed the Central Baseball League Championship in 2005 in five games over the San Angelo Colts.
The Cats are the only independent league team to have won three consecutive championships.