Myslow takes over as President of Torrington Titans. New investors brought in.
TORRINGTON: There’s been a changing of the guard, sort of, with the leadership of the Torrington Titans, the collegiate team who calls T-Town and Fuessenich Park their home.
Chris Myslow, who has been General Manager of the team this year, has been named Team President while Alan Seraita, the current President/Chief Operating Officer will be leaving to explore other options.
“The team has brought on additional investors who will be putting additional capital into the team going forward,” Futures Collegiate Baseball League Commissioner Chris Hall said on Monday.
Myslow, who lives in Simsbury but has really lived in Torrington since he took the helm this spring, returns with a year under his belt to a community that he has grown very fond of and his return marks a stop to a revolving door of General Managers over the past five years.
Torrington has had five GM’s in the past five seasons, which has made it hard for the team to gain any traction in the community but Myslow is determined to make it work here in Torrington.
“I have learned so much since I came to Torrington,” Myslow said, “The cooperation throughout the city has been tremendous. The business community has been wonderful to us. We are all trying to do the same thing which is to run a successful business.”
The local community response has been encouraging to Myslow who has experienced just about everything one could imagine a first year GM does.
“I’m looking forward to coming back in 2016,” Myslow said, “Because these are good people and good business people. We want to work with these businesses so that they not only come to our games but that they frequent their place of business as well.”
In 2015, the Titans tried many new things to try and improve the fans experience at the park, such as using different kiosks to serve food not available in the concession stand.
Berkshire Pizza was featured at every home game and the teamwork between the two was tremendous, according to Myslow.
“We wanted to get great local pizza at out ballpark and they have been tremendous,” Myslow said, “Serving Berkshire pizza was by far one of our best moves of the year. Sometimes we would have to call and ask for more during the game and they always came through.”
The team sold 23 pizzas on opening night and has had many a person remark that it had been awhile since they had Berkshire pizza and where glad they did.
Another tremendous supportive merchant in Torrington has been the gang at Alfredo’s Deli on Water Street where the Titans players have been flocking for years to take advantage of a generous half price grinder policy.
Come on, I call to order and our friend Joann already knows I’m ordering a roast beef Panini, they just know their customers!
“They’re wonderful people,” Myslow said, “They’re avid baseball fans and the have been so supportive of us. Our players all go in there and they feel like they have a second family there. These guys respect them, love their food and are so appreciative of what they do for them.”
Having a good, homemade meal like they get at the Water Street staple has been serving summer baseball players for as long as the deli has been open. They are just good people.
“Our players are so comfortable playing in Torrington,” Myslow said, “I think that’s important for people to understand. They work out at the YMCA and to places like Alfredo’s, its part of their routine.”
For the second straight season, the character of the Titans players have been strong. No reports of outlandish behavior throughout what is certainly a long summer away from home. For some of these players, it’s their first time away from home this long.
Myslow wants to also make sure the Titans are viewed as a good neighbor in a city that has supported summer ball since 1997 when the Torrington Twisters called Fuessenick Park home.
“We need to be known as a business that pays its bills on time and we will,” Myslow said, “We will live up to our obligations because we are committed to this town.”
The team will also look at supporting the numerous summer baseball leagues that also call Fuessenich Park home such as American Legion, Connie Mack, Babe Ruth and the Tri-State league, amongst others.
This season, the Titans experienced an outstanding opening night (1200 plus), thanks in part to a large ticket give-away the Torrington Memorial Day Parade, something the newly appointed President is looking to do again.
To that end, the team has announced that their upcoming Saturday night game against the Bristol Blues will be a free admission night as a way to say thank you to the fans for their support in 2015.
The Titans are currently in second place in the East Division of the FCBL with a 22-24 record, 4.5 games behind the leagues newest team, the Bristol Blues.
Eight teams make the post season, which begins Tuesday, August 11 with the division winners earning a bye, the next six play in single elimination games leading up to the final, which is a best of three series.