Newark Bears Name Rutgers Alumni As New GM

Matt Smith, named as the Newark Bears new GM today, is shown here pitching for the team in 2010.

NEWARK – The Newark Bears professional baseball team welcomed back a former pitcher in a new role, hiring Matt Smith as the team’s new general manager.

Smith started out with Bears in 1999, shortly after graduating from Rutgers University. The 34-year-old lefty spent parts of six different seasons in Newark, including the Bears’ 2007 Atlantic League championship-winning campaign. The Kearny native has also pitched for the Camden Riversharks, Bridgeport Bluefish and Pennsylvania Road Warriors in the Atlantic League, and the Sioux Falls Canaries and Joliet Jackhammers in the Northern League.

Smith begins his new position on Oct. 1 and plans to bring his experience and baseball knowledge to the Newark Bears.

The Newark Bears play at Bears and Eagles Riverfront Stadium, 450 Broad Street. They are part of the Can-Am League, which is made up of independent baseball teams unaffiliated with Major League Baseball.

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