(September 11, 2020, Lancaster, Pa.) Gastonia Professional Baseball has named David Martin Chief Operating Officer of the club, making him the first full-time staff member of the organization since its announcement on July 28 regarding its membership in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB) under the ownership of Brandon Bellamy. As COO, Martin will oversee all business operations related to the team and ballpark, including construction and buildout, staffing, food and beverage, programming, sales, marketing, and community engagement. Martin brings more than 25 years of experience in professional sports, and professional baseball in particular, having led operations and opened new ballparks for teams in Sarasota, FL; Winston-Salem, NC; Fresno, CA; and most recently, High Point, NC, where Martin helped to launch the ALPBs most proximate team to Gastonia, the Highpoint Rockers. Martin has also spent time working with professional motorsports clients, including NASCAR and several of its tracks and drivers. As a lifelong fan of the game, and after many years working in professional baseball, I am extremely honored and excited to take the reins and launch this new franchise in Gastonia, said Martin. Gastonia has a rich baseball history, and while we have a lot of work to do to get ready for the 2021 season, I am confident the family-friendly entertainment we will deliver at the FUSE will be very well received by the entire community. David brings tremendous skills, expertise, and most importantly, passion to this role, said Gastonia Team Owner Brandon Bellamy. As COO, David will be a critical component in building a club with incredible bench strength on and off the field. In addition to delivering a world-class baseball experience, David will oversee the operations for FUSE, which will host year-round athletic, music, and entertainment events while providing an intimate fan experience in a family-friendly atmosphere. I could not be more pleased to have him on our team. After collecting name submissions in August for the clubs Name the Team Contest, under Martins leadership, Phase 2 of the contest will be rolled out this month, with finalist names announced for online fan voting. The clubs final name, logo, and mascot will be announced in November, with newly minted branded merchandise available at that time. The club will also announce critical milestones and timelines over the coming months in preparation for ALPB play expected to commence Spring 2021. About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB) With eight teams in the Mid-Atlantic and Texas, the ALPB is a leader in baseball innovation and a player gateway to Major League Baseball. Through its exclusive partnership with MLB, the Atlantic League tests Major League Baseball rules and equipment initiatives. The Atlantic League has sent more than 950 players to MLB organizations while drawing more than 42 million fans to its affordable, family-friendly ballparks throughout its 23-year history. For more information, please visit www.AtlanticLeague.com.
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