Westfield, Ma _ The Starfires and Director of Baseball Operations, Evan Moorhouse, announced today the hiring of East Longmeadow, Ma native and former Baltimore Orioles prospect, Frank Crinella to serve as Special Advisor to Baseball Operations.
"I couldn't be more excited to join the Westfield Starfires,” Crinella said. “I look forward to watching the positive impact the Starfires have on the community and young ball players around Western Mass.”
Crinella comes to the Starfires after spending four seasons playing in the Orioles farm system, both in the infield and outfield. The Merrimack College graduate and former NE-10 Player of the Year is no stranger to summer collegiate baseball. Crinella has made stops at each of the three major summer leagues in New England, the FCBL (Pittsfield Suns), NECBL (Holyoke Blue Sox), and the Cape Cod League (Bourne Braves).
“Frank’s experience at all levels of the game will make him an invaluable asset to our organization” said Moorhouse, who was a baseball and hockey teammate of Crinella’s at Cathedral High School. “His work ethic and passion for the game of baseball have been unparalleled for as long as I’ve known him. We are fortunate to add someone with his baseball resume to our staff and look forward to utilizing his knowledge as we progress through the season.”
Crinella’s responsibilities will vary from day to day, ranging from promotional execution, to community engagement, and helping players in getting acclimated to summer baseball.
“The Futures League is run with class and gives both players and fans the opportunity to see some of the best talent in the country,” said Crinella. “The time I spent playing was special, but I'm even more excited to give back to the league that opened so many doors for me.”