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Ricker Named Manager

(New Britain, Conn., November 6, 2019) –The New Britain Bees today announced the hiring of Ray Ricker as the club’s Field Manager for the 2020 season, their first in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League.

Ricker, a Bristol resident, is the current head coach of Post University in Waterbury and has previous experience in summer collegiate baseball with both the Cape Cod League, as well as the NECBL.

“Ray brings the Bees a tremendous amount of knowledge, experience and a track record of success,” said Bees General Manager Brad Smith. “He is local, has successful previous summer collegiate experience, and runs a terrific program at Post. I am excited to work with him.”

During his tenure at Post, Ricker has put an emphasis on player development and mentored Post’s first-ever player selected in the MLB Draft, Mike Costello. In addition to his development program, the former catcher for University of Bridgeport and Albertus Magnus has led the Eagles to the most Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference wins in the program’s history.

“I’m excited to join the Bees and help put a top shelf product on the field,” said Ricker. “We are going to build a strong team, compete hard every game, and have a program Central Connecticut baseball fans will want to come out, support, and root for.”

About the New Britain Bees
The New Britain Bees are members of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League and play their home games at New Britain Stadium. For information on tickets packages, group outings and sponsorships call 860-826-BEES (2337) or visit

About the Futures Collegiate Baseball League (FCBL)
The FCBL is made up of seven teams from various parts of New England, each of which plays 28 home games and 28 away games. Each franchise is made up of elite collegiate athletes competing in a minor league style format.  Each franchise provides high quality, affordable entertainment, in a casual, family-friendly atmosphere. At least 50% of the players on each team must be from New England or attend college in New England. For further information, visit

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