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Gadomski to bring local ties to Titans

POSTED February 06, 2013
BY John Nestor
Twitter: @nestorjdn


Gadomski to bring local ties to Titans
TORRINGTON - The Torrington Titans wanted someone with local ties when they were looking for a new General Manager and it's hard to imagine them coming up with a 
better candidate than Ed Gadomski.
A local guy, a baseball guy, Gadomski was recently named the GM by the Futures Collegiate Baseball League club to replace Sander Stotland, who has been elevated to the 
position of Senior Advisor to the GM. 
"This is something that is right up my alley and I am really excited about the opportunity," Gadomski said. "It will be a little different from what I am used to, more 
like running a minor league team, but it is something that I am really looking forward to."
It's no surprise that Gadomski is excited about the Titans GM job, after all, it is baseball and that's a game that Gadomski has been onvolved with for the better part 
of his life. Gadomski's playing days include stints in Watertown Mickey Mantle, Oakville Legion, Pearl St. in the Waterbury Twi-Met League, Waterbury Laurels in the 
Nutmeg League and the Thomaston Spoilers and later Burlington Hunters of the Tri-State League.
Off the field Gadomski has remained active in the game. He is currently entering his 10th season as Tri-State Baseball League Commissioner and will add Titans GM 
duties to his resume.
As Tri-State commissioner, Gadomski has dealt with the Titans over the past few seasons, setting up All-Star Games or a vintage game and when he received a call from 
them just after the first of the year to set up a meeting, he assumed it was business as usual.
But at that meeting, Stotland told Gadomski he was moving on and offered Gadomski the job.
"I was floored, but also intrigued," Gadomski said. "I went home to sleep on it, got my wife's blessing and called the next day to take the job."
Now Gadomski joins a team that made the FCBL playoffs last season and seemed to be gaining a bit of a foothold in town as last season went on. The team has also 
extended its lease of Fuessenich Park by five years, making it appear they will be around for the long haul.
That leaves Gadomski with the task of growing the Titans' fan base and reach.
"Sander left a good foundation and now my goals are to put even more fans in the seats," Gadomski said. "We have some great idea and some ways we are looking to gove back to the community. I want this to grow so the Titans aren't just Torrington's team but Northwest Connecticut's team."
Aside from some fun activities and themed nights at the ballpark, Gadomski feels a good way to bring fans to Titans games is to give them a reason to connect to the team and there is no better way to do that than with local players.
Last season Torrington's Pat Austin pitched in the second game of a doubleheader and the two games thjat day were among the highest attended all season. Another former Torrington star, Conor Bierfeldt, was one of the best players in the league last season and was a draw for local fans.
"There is a lot of local talent in the area and I want to bring as much local flair to the team as I can," Gadomski said. "I want to open it up so we can get more and more local kids playing on the team because there are a lot of good players in the area."
And Gadomski would know. He has the contacts and has been a part of the local game for years. He is hoping that familiarity will help him take the titans to the next level.
"The team's not going anywhere, I'm not going anywhere, my family is here, I grew up here," Gadomski said. "I have a lot of local contacts and hopefully the familiarity I have with the area and that the community has with me will be a comfort and help things grow."

Gadomski to bring local ties to Titans



TORRINGTON - The Torrington Titans wanted someone with local ties when they were looking for a new General Manager and it's hard to imagine them coming up with a better candidate than Ed Gadomski.


A local guy, a baseball guy, Gadomski was recently named the GM by the Futures Collegiate Baseball League club to replace Sander Stotland, who has been elevated to the position of Senior Advisor to the GM. 


"This is something that is right up my alley and I am really excited about the opportunity," Gadomski said. "It will be a little different from what I am used to, more like running a minor league team, but it is something that I am really looking forward to."


It's no surprise that Gadomski is excited about the Titans GM job, after all, it is baseball and that's a game that Gadomski has been involved with for the better part of his life. Gadomski's playing days include stints in Watertown Mickey Mantle, Oakville Legion, Pearl St. in the Waterbury Twi-Met League, Waterbury Laurels in the Nutmeg League and the Thomaston Spoilers and later Burlington Hunters of the Tri-State League.


Off the field Gadomski has remained active in the game. He is currently entering his 10th season as Tri-State Baseball League Commissioner and will add Titans GM duties to his resume.


As Tri-State commissioner, Gadomski has dealt with the Titans over the past few seasons, setting up All-Star Games or a vintage game and when he received a call from them just after the first of the year to set up a meeting, he assumed it was business as usual.


But at that meeting, Stotland told Gadomski he was moving on and offered Gadomski the job.


"I was floored, but also intrigued," Gadomski said. "I went home to sleep on it, got my wife's blessing and called the next day to take the job."


Now Gadomski joins a team that made the FCBL playoffs last season and seemed to be gaining a bit of a foothold in town as last season went on. The team has also extended its lease of Fuessenich Park by five years, making it appear they will be around for the long haul. 

 That leaves Gadomski with the task of growing the Titans' fan base and reach.


"Sander left a good foundation and now my goals are to put even more fans in the seats," Gadomski said. "We have some great idea and some ways we are looking to give back to the community. I want this to grow so the Titans aren't just Torrington's team but Northwest Connecticut's team."


Aside from some fun activities and themed nights at the ballpark, Gadomski feels a good way to bring fans to Titans games is to give them a reason to connect to the team and there is no better way to do that than with local players.


Last season Torrington's Pat Austin pitched in the second game of a doubleheader and the two games that day were among the highest attended all season. Another former Torrington star, Conor Bierfeldt, was one of the best players in the league last season and was a draw for local fans.


"There is a lot of local talent in the area and I want to bring as much local flair to the team as I can," Gadomski said. "I want to open it up so we can get more and more local kids playing on the team because there are a lot of good players in the area."


And Gadomski would know. He has the contacts and has been a part of the local game for years. He is hoping that familiarity will help him take the titans to the next level.


"The team's not going anywhere, I'm not going anywhere, my family is here, I grew up here," Gadomski said. "I have a lot of local contacts and hopefully the familiarity I have with the area and that the community has with me will be a comfort and help things grow."

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