Yard Goats Announce Senior Leadership Promotions

Hartford Yard Goats

October 10, 2017 - Eastern League (EL) - Hartford Yard Goats

News Release

Hartford, Conn- The Hartford Yard Goats Baseball Club, the Double-A Eastern League Affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, announced that Tim Restall has been promoted to President and Mike Abramson has been elevated to General Manager. In addition, Josh Montinieri and Dean Zappalorti were promoted to Assistant General Managers.

The Yard Goats just finished their first season at Dunkin' Donuts Park in Hartford and attracted 395,196 fans, the most of any professional baseball team in the history of Connecticut. "We are pleased to announce promotions to our senior leadership team, they are well deserved," Yard Goats owner Josh Solomon said. "Tim Restall has done a remarkable job as a dedicated team leader and we are fortunate to have several very talented professionals who have earned the opportunity to take on additional responsibilities and new challenges as we continue to grow as an organization."I am especially proud of how our staffembraced the community and, in turn, how the community embraced the Yard Goats," added Solomon. "From our collaborations with Hartford restaurants, the neighborhoods and our sponsors, to the incredible game day activities that made attending a Yard Goats game such a fun experience, our staff worked tirelessly to make our inaugural season a resounding success."

Earlier this summer, Dunkin Donuts Park was the winner of the "Best of the Ballparks" vote from Ballpark Digest, Ballpark of the Year by Baseballparks.com, and Best Place to see a game by Connecticut Magazine. Restall just concluded his 18th season of Minor League Baseball and his fifth as franchise's General Manager. He started in Minor League Baseball with the Class-A West Michigan Whitecaps (Detroit Tigers affiliate) in the Midwest League as the Food and Beverage Manager and was a founding member of the front office staff for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Toronto Blue Jays Eastern League affiliate) during the 2004 Inaugural Season, serving as the Director of Food and Beverage. In 2008, Tim became the Vice President of Business Operations for the Fisher Cats and was part of the staff that won the prestigious Bob Freitas Award, recognizing the club for achieving long-term success in Minor League Baseball by Baseball America in 2009. In 2013, Restall relocated to New Britain to become the General Manager of the Rock Cats and hosted the Eastern League All Star game. Restall serves on the board of directors for the United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut, Advisory Board for the Miracle League of Connecticut, Board of Corporators on the IQuilt Plan and Tolland Little League.

Abramson has spent 12 years in Minor League Baseball, and more than 20 working in the field of marketing and communications. He just concluded his fifth season as the Assistant General Manager of the Yard Goats franchise. Prior to joining the Yard Goats, Mike spent six seasons with the Pawtucket Red Sox, the Triple-A Affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. He serves as the Chairman of the Parks & Recreation Commission in Chester and is a proud Big Brother with Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Montinieri started his tenure with the Yard Goats franchise when he joined the game day staff for the 2007 and 2008 seasons. After receiving his Bachelor's Degree in Sports Management from Lasell College in December 2008, he joined the High Desert Mavericks (Seattle Mariners Class-A affiliate) in the California League. He started as an Account Executive and was promoted to Director of Group Sales in 2010. Following the 2010 season, Josh returned to the East Coast to join the Yard Goats full time as the Box Office Manager. After the 2015 season, he was promoted to Executive Director of Tickets.

Zappalorti just finished his third year with the Yard Goats franchise and is responsible for Corporate Sponsorship and Hospitality Sales. The Avon native comes with extensive regional sales experience inthe Sports and Entertainment field, with a heavy concentration on Hartford, beginning in 1998 with a nine-year tenure with Madison Square Garden-CT which managed both the XL Center and Rentschler Field. While there, he sold Corporate Partnerships for the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League and the New England Sea Wolves of the Arena Football League, as well as Luxury Seating for All events. He then worked as Director of Sponsorship and Hospitality Sales for Mohegan Sun, focusing on the Arena and Connecticut Sun of the WNBA.

The Yard Goats have also announced the hiring of a Human Resources Manager. Shannon White previously worked as a Career Re-Entry Specialist for Untapped Potential. Prior to that, Shannon spent several years working for the Air Canada Center (home of the Toronto Raptors and Maple Leafs), and Rogers (owner of the Toronto Blue Jays). She currently sits on the Board of Directors for the YWCA and remains on the Advisory Board for Untapped Potential.

The Yard Goats will host the first ever Brew Fest at Dunkin' Donuts Park on Saturday, October 21st from 1:00 PM. until 5:00 PM (all guests must be 21 years or older to attend). Proceeds from the G.O.A.T.

Brew Fest will benefit the Yard Goats Foundation. 2018 season tickets and hospitality options are now on sale by calling 860-246-GOAT (4628), by visiting online at www.yardgoatsbaseball.com, or in person at the Click It or Ticket Box Office at Dunkin' Donuts Park.

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