Newark Bears Add Former Mets Coach To Staff

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NEWARK – The Newark Bears professional baseball team announced the additions of two former major league players to their coaching staff today.

Ken Oberkfell, who was part of the New York Mets’ coaching staff in 2011, won a World Series ring with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1982 and spent 16 seasons in the major leagues. After retiring as a player, Oberkfell began a successful minor league managing career. He was honored as Baseball America’s Manager of the Year in 2005.

A native of New Jersey and former Major League pitcher of Saint Louis Cardinals and Chicago White Sox, Ralph Citarella joins the new Newark Bears as their pitching coach for the 2012 season. Citarella has already begun to train and assist the Bears with player development and is preparing for spring tryouts in April.

Citerella and Oberkfell will be making their first appearance during the Bears annual Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball on Saturday, Feb. 18 at the Bears and Eagles Riverfront Stadium located at 450 Broad Street, Newark.

The Newark Bears play in the five-team independent Can-Am League. To learn more, visit


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