Date of Birth: 03/07/1966
Height: 6' 3" Weight: 265 lbs
Pro Experience: Toronto (1989), Cleveland (1991-92), Minnesota (1992), New York-NL (1993-94)
Highest Level: MLB
Gozzo enters his first season as the Bees manager and second year in the Atlantic League after working as the team’s pitching coach in 2018.
Prior to joining the Bees, Mauro “Goose” Gozzo has been involved with a multitude of baseball initiatives. He has been a private instructor, teaching the likes of big leaguers Matt Cain and Drew Pomeranz, and also coached a nationally ranked elite competitive travel team in the Connecticut area for nine years.
The New Britain, CT native began his playing career after being drafted out of Berlin High School by the New York Mets in the 13th round of the 1984 MLB amateur draft. Mauro spent three years in the Mets organization before being traded to the Kansas City Royals as part of a deal for David Cone. After a couple campaigns with the Royals organization, he joined the Toronto Blue Jays, where he would make his Major League debut in 1989. The righthander had a six-year big league career, also playing for the Cleveland Indians (1990-91), Minnesota Twins (1992), and Mets (1993-94). Over the course of 48 career Major League appearances (13 starts), he owns a 7-7 record in 124.0 innings pitched.
Across his 12-year playing career, Goose has made 349 career minor league appearances (126 starts). He owns 79 victories with a 3.83 ERA and 692 strikeouts in 1,134.2 innings.