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April 25, 2019

N. Britain Bees baseball set to kickoff season four

Photo | The New Britain Bees The New Britain Bees at New Britain Stadium.

The New Britain Bees is kicking off its fourth season on Friday in the independent Atlantic League with a new manager from Wallingford.

The Bees, which sprouted in 2015 when the New Britain Rock Cats changed hands, moved to Hartford and became the Hartford Yard Goats, will take the field Friday at 7:05 in Bridgewater, N.J., against the Somerset Patriots.

The team this offseason hired Wallingford native and former Major League Baseball pitcher Mauro “Goose” Gozzo to manage the team, which finished 61-65 in 2018 under Wally Backman.

After a six-game road trip to start the 2019 season, the Bees will play its first of 70 home games at New Britain Stadium on Friday, May 3, at 6:35 p.m. vs. the Patriots.

The team, which plays 140 regular-season games from April to September, ranked last in the Atlantic League in 2018 for average game attendance, drawing 2,654 fans per game over 69 games, according to Ballpark Digest.

In total, the Bees drew 183,147 fans in 2018, down from 194,744 in 2017.

While the team is not affiliated with a Major League Baseball team, numerous players on the roster have had big-league experience, and are looking to get signed in a higher professional league.

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