Trevor Gooby to leave Vero Beach

The Pittsburgh Pirates have hired Trevor Gooby, General Manager of the Vero Beach dodgers for the past two years, as their Director of Florida Operations. The announcement was made by Pirates Senior Vice President and General Manager Dave Littlefield.

The 28-year-old Gooby replaces Mike Kennedy, 29, who served the club in the same capacity since July of 1999.

Gooby, a native of Ipswich, MA, began his association with the Vero Beach club in December of 1998 after working in the Publicity department of the Dodgers in Los Angeles during the 1998 season.

In his role as the General Manager at Vero Beach, Gooby oversaw the baseball operations at Dodgertown. In addition, he ran the daily operations for the Vero Beach Dodgers, oversaw the marketing, advertising, group sales, publicity and stadium operations as well as producing the Los Angeles Dodgers' Spring Training program.

"I am sad to leave the Dodgers and Dodgertown, but excited for this great new opportunity," stated Gooby. "The Dodgers have been my second family and Vero Beach has been a second home to me. This new challengeis something I could not pass up. I want to thank all our fans and sponsors for supporting me over the last few years. I will always remember my days in Vero Beach as some of the best of my life."

Gooby is scheduled to begin working for the Pirates on January 3, 2005.