September 24, 2012

Former Athletic Communications Student-Assistant named General Manager of Bluefield Blue Jays

BLUEFIELD, W. Va. – Jeff Gray, former Saint Leo University Athletic Communications student-assistant, will take over as general manager of the Bluefield Blue Jays on October 1, according to an announcement Saturday by George McGonagle, president of the Bluefield Baseball Club.

The club runs Bowen Field and operates the Blue Jays, Toronto’s entry in the Appalachian League.

Gray, a native of Auburn, N.Y., began his career as a batboy for the Auburn Doubledays of the New York-Penn League. He rose through the ranks to become a special assistant to the general manager.

At 22 years old, he is the youngest general manager serving in the Major League Baseball ranks, a testament to the Sport Business program and hands-on experience at Saint Leo University.

Aside from his position at Saint Leo during his undergraduate work in Sport Business, Gray also worked for the Toronto Blue Jays minor league affiliate in Dunedin, Fla. He also worked for the Toronto Blue Jays during Spring Training.

Earlier this year he served as associate general manager of the U.S. Military All-Stars’ “Red White and Blue Tour” promoting support for the U.S. armed forces and wounded warriors.

Gray holds an associate’s degree in Business Administration from Cayuga Community College in New York and a bachelor’s degree in Sport Business from Saint Leo.

McGonagle was acting general manager during the 2012 Appalachian League season.