The Bowling Green Hot Rods minor league baseball team has a new owner. The team has been sold to Manhattan Capital Sports Acquisition, a group that also owns the Triple-A team in Reno, Nevada.
Stuart Katzoff leads the new ownership group, which also includes Indiana Pacers Owner Herb Simon and Katzoff’s father. The Hot Rods will remain in Bowling Green and will still be affiliated with the Tampa Bay Rays. The team was previously owned by Art Solomon.
“This is an announcement we make with extremely mixed feelings and a heavy heart,” said Solomon. “The people in this region have been so welcoming to us since we arrived in the fall of 2008, and without them we would not be where we are today. Stuart Katzoff is an outstanding, successful owner, and I have no doubt that this new era for the Hot Rods will mean great things for downtown Bowling Green and the surrounding region.”
The Class-A Midwest League team began playing at Bowling Green Ballpark in 2009 and has 15 years remaining on its lease with the city.
WKU Professor Stu Foster talks about his summer in the broadcast booth
The next time you listen to a baseball game on the radio, notice how many times the weather is referenced.
"The weather is certainly one part of trying to convey to the listener the scene of what's happening and the setting for the game and what might turn out to be an important component that affects the way the game turns out,” said Stu Foster, WKU professor, Kentucky state climatologist and part-time color commentator for the Bowling Green Hot Rods.
"Whether it's a clear, deep blue sky that might be a problem for outfielders, whether there's a strong breeze blowing in or out,” said Foster. “We had a game recently where there was a heavy dew that came on the field as the game went on that could've come on to affect the game."
Foster said a few conversations last winter led to the opportunity to sit in on a dozen games as color commentator for the Midwest League affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays. He says his weather expertise wasn’t the only part of his “day job” that helped ease his transition into the broadcast booth.
He says in both broadcasting and being a professor, the goal is the same: communicate a message with a large audience.
Two former WKU Hilltopper baseball players will be in uniform for the Bowling Green Hot Rods this season. The single a minor league affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays has announced that Kes Carter and Matt Rice are on the 2012 Hot Rods roster.
Carter is a left handed hitting outfielder from Brentwood, Tennessee and Rice is a catcher who also
earned academic honors at WKU. Opening Day for the Hot Rods this season is set for Thursday, April 5th.
Officials from the Bowling Green Hot Rods and WKU have announced that the Sun Belt Conference Baseball Tournament will be held at Bowling Green Ballpark May 23rd through 27th. WKU will play host to the top eight teams in the Sun Belt Conference, with each team guaranteed to play three games in the round robin format.