Jun 11, 2015 2:53 PM by News Staff
Baseball is coming back to Chico next summer, and the newest version of the Chico Heat announced a major step forward Thursday at the Elks Lodge.
The Chico Heat ownership group, Chico Heat, LLC, announced that Hunter Hampton will be the team's general manager.
Hampton does not bring a baseball background to his new role, but Heat owners say he has been an active member of the community for years, and knows the Chico Heat brand.
Hampton will manage the business side of the organization, starting with a push to attract sponsors. He's also expected to recruit college players from around the country to Chico, but most baseball personnnel decisions will be made by a manager, who is expected to be hired this fall.
Hampton told Action News Now he has a strong, hard understanding of corporate sponsorships and plans to get a lot of local companies involved with the Heat.
Owners also announced Thursday that games are tentatively slated to begin June 3, 2016.
The Heat, which last played in Chico in 2002, will play 30 home games a year at Nettleton Stadium, against competition from the he Great West League, one of the premiere wood bat leagues in North America.
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