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Gaffney Brings Back the Heat

posted Dec 23, 2013, 9:07 PM by Washburn Wiffle   [ updated Dec 24, 2013, 7:57 AM ]

Matt Donegan [left] alongside manager Steve Gaffney [middle] and Commissioner Regis Pollard [right] after signing with the Heat.

Earlier this afternoon Steve Gaffney officially took over as manager of the Hamilton Heat by signing his new contract for the 2014 season.  He quickly was able to gather up the rest of the team from last season, including all-star pitcher Jake Kocher, and both Jon and Joe Cappotelli.  Despite the Cappotelli brothers only attending a combined 10 games last season, Gaffney is confident that they will be committed in 2014.  "They're excited about the new rule changes," stated Gaffney, "and they are expected to make most of the games this year."

Gaffney already has found a replacement for Josh Swan, who left the team yesterday for the SunsMatt Donegan, who batted .514 for the Lightning last season, signed a deal with the Heat this afternoon to round out the roster.  The manager was pleased with the addition and the experience that Donegan brings stating, "He has a World Series ring under his belt that will help us make a run in the postseason."

Despite losing Swan yesterday, the team is confident at their chances to contend this season.  After the day was finished and his roster had been filled, Gaffney was pleased with the outcome and simply expressed, "We're looking very good for the upcoming season."