By Elsa Maxey
The Sugar Land Skeeters team has a new manager, new in more ways than one. He’s new in his role with the developing minor league baseball team and the first ever manager of the Skeeters. So, he’s making franchise history. Former Major League All-Star Gary Gaetti will take the Skeeters to its first game in less than nine months this upcoming April at StarTex Power Field, which continues undergoing construction. The announcement about Gaetti’s selection was made last week.
“I am thrilled to have this opportunity,” said Gaetti about enjoying the teaching and coaching aspect of the game. “There is no better place to do that than right here in Fort Bend County,” said the 2004-06 Astros full-time hitting coach after serving three seasons in Houston’s minor league system. Gaetti is reported to have been Houston’s hitting guru when the Astros played for the 2004 National League pennant and in 2005, when the Astros made their first-ever World Series appearance.
His “who’s who” bio includes entering a 30th season associated with professional baseball as either a player or coach. During his Major League career, Gaetti played for for six different teams—the Minnesota Twins (1981-90), California Angels (1991-93), Kansas City Royals (1993-95), St. Louis Cardinals (1996-98), Chicago Cubs (1998-99), and Boston Red Sox (2000).
Gaetti begun his Skeeters managerial role immediately and it has been announced that the Atlantic League will hold an expansion draft for the Skeeters team in early 2012. Details will be announced at a later date.
“We are thrilled to have Gary lead this ball club,” said Matt O’Brien, President of the Sugar Land Skeeters. “We are confident that his leadership, Major League experience and impeccable knowledge of the game will represent the club and the community very well.”
Gaetti and his wife, Donna, make their home in Houston with their daughter Gigi. Gaetti has two sons, Joseph and Jacob. Gaetti’s son, Joe, was selected in the 12th round of the 2003 draft by the Colorado Rockies out of North Carolina State and played in the minor leagues in five different farm systems.