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Titans name Sander Stotland GM for 2012. Michael O'Malley named field manager for Martha's Vineyard Sharks.

POSTED October 04, 2011
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney



Sander Stotland was named the General Manager for the Torrington Titans in 2012. Stotland, now a Burrville resident, replaces Michael O'Malley who led the team a year ago in the GM slot. O'Malley will be in the dugout next year as the field manager for the Martha's Vineyard Sharks.

TORRINGTON: After a successful first season as members of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League, the Torrington Titans are making moves to strengthen what they have to offer Torrington and summer baseball fans.

On Sunday afternoon, Sander Stotland took over the General Manager reigns from Michael O’Malley, who will take another key spot on the Carminucci Groups team as field manager of the Martha’s Vineyard Sharks.

“Both guys are rock stars in my book.” CEO Chris Carminucci said. “Mike did a fantastic job and Sander will help build off his success. We have everything going in the right direction and a year round presence will help even more and show our commitment to Torrington and the Titans.”

Stotland has moved from Brockton, Massachusetts, where he was the Director of Food and Beverage for the Brockton Rox of the Can-Am league during the 2011 season, to Burrville.

“We want to make sure we have a person in the community year round.” Stotland said. “My family is here, my kids now go to school here and I will always be accessible.”

The Titans finished second in the FCBL’s inaugural season, even though they got the latest start of any team in the newly formed league.

“We started planning for this season as soon as the last one ended.” Stotland said. “While I have not seen the roster yet, I understand it’s almost complete.”

O’Malley will still be involved in the Torrington operation as Stotland learns the area and develops relationships of his own.

The Brown University assistant baseball coach will benefit from the move into the dugout as well and will be closer to his home in Newport, Rhode Island.

“We got tremendous support from the City of Torrington and the great fans they have there.” O’Malley said. “We were able to restore the faith of the people who love summer collegiate baseball at Fuessenich Park.”

The FCBL is currently made up of five teams; the Titans, the Martha’s Vineyard Sharks, the Seacoast Mavericks, the Nashua Silver Knights and the newcomer to the group, the Wachusett Dirt Dawgs.

It is highly likely that a sixth team will be on board before the summer of 2012 with a team from the Western Massachusetts said to be in the mix.

In Stotland, the Titans get a GM who has worked on some of the biggest venues in both sports and entertainment.

A San Diego native, Stotland has been in the Food and Beverage business for over ten years and has taken part in the opening of both the Reliant Stadium (Home of the NFL Texans) and the Toyota Center (Home of the Houston Rockets.

In 2006 while working in Atlantic City for an Atlantic League baseball franchise, Stotland met Carminucci who was managing the St Joe Blacksnakes at the time.

The two stayed in contact and in 2011, Stotland joined the group in Brockton.

Taking the reigns of GM will not be foreign for Stotland who was an assistant GM for the Atlantic City Surf in 2006.

Stotland has worked the entire spectrum of events from Super Bowls to Major League Baseball All-Star games to helping organize major rock concerts.

What will he look to do in Torrington in 2012?

“We will continue what we started last year and build it from there.” Stotland said. “We are looking to have a Town Hall meeting soon to ask our fans what they like about last year and what we need to change.”

One bone of contention the Titans appear willing to change is how fans enter Fuessenich Park.

“We heard some folks didn’t like the change from going in the front stairs to going down the side ramp.” Stotland said. “If they don’t want it that way, that’s an easy fix.”

The Titans will maintain a presence on Main Street, although not in the location they occupied in 2011.

“We will stay on the street but are talking about a new location and should know soon where it will be.” Stotland said.

A “For Lease” sign now appears in the front window of the 2011 location but the Titans and Stotland want everybody to understand one thing.

“We are here to stay.” Stotland said. “I look forward to working with the local merchants and developing relationships that lead to a long and happy future here in Torrington.”

 

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