“A common misconception is that a minor league baseball general manager deals with the team and its players a majority of the time,” Entertainment Management Online wrote in 2002.
“But the main aspect of the job is to sell tickets and fill the stadium. The general manager comes up with inventive ideas to fend off these problems.”
After a few seasons in Virginia by way of Florida, Salem Red Sox GM Todd Stephenson clearly has found creative ways to fill seats. It takes focus to wear so many hats–those of a travel agent, salesperson, and game day staff coordinator, to name a few.
Still, Stephenson made time (twice) to answer a few questions from Examiner via email:
Daisuke Matsuzaka had a rehab appearance this week in Salem. Give us a scouting report on Dice-K.
Looked like he was making his first start after coming off Tommy John.
Which sport were you best at, as a child?
I was best at basketball.
What was your toughest decision as Salem GM so far?
None come to mind.
Tell us something about your parents.
Growing up in North Carolina, which professional franchises did you like?
The Dodgers, Lakers, and Steelers.
Are you a spiritual man?
One source says Ricky Henderson is your favorite baseball player ever. Who is the best player you’ve personally observed and where were you?
If you mean in person, Manny Ramirez in Boston.
Outside of baseball, what’s your biggest passion?
My family, friends and music.
Do you have a professional mentor you’d like to mention?
Larry Lucchino (current President and CEO of the Boston Red Sox).