Bells name Buswell new general manager

The Bellingham Business Journal

Blake Buswell was named the new general manager of the Bellingham Bells. Buswell joins the Bells’ front office after working for the Reno, Nev., Aces of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League. In all, he has more than six years of experience in minor league baseball.

“We are extremely excited about having Blake join the Bells,” Eddie Poplawski, the team’s new owner, said in a press release. “Blake came very highly recommended to us by numerous baseball executives. He has a terrific front office track record in minor league baseball and I am grateful that he will now be bringing his energy, talent, creativity, and high-level of professionalism to our ballclub. We are very fortunate to have Blake on our team.”

Buswell began working in baseball in Orem, Utah, with the Orem Owlz. He worked in Utah for five years and served as the team’s assistant general manager while seeing a 30 percent increase in attendance during his time with the team. While in Reno, Buswell saw the team eclipse the 445,000 mark in attendance for its second straight season.

A graduate of Brigham Young University, Buswell also spent time working in the athletics media relations department at his alma mater as well as working directly with BYU’s baseball operations staff.

“I am thrilled to be working for the Bellingham Bells,” Buswell said in a press release. “The Bellingham area is rich in baseball history and I look forward to working with coach (Gary) Hatch and Eddie Poplawski to create a fun and exciting atmosphere at Bells games where families and friends in the community will want to spend their summer nights.”

Buswell’s hiring came after former Bells general manager Justin Stottlemyre announced he would be accepting another position within Brett Sports following the sale of the team in October. Stottlemyre will continue his work with the Bells during a transitional period before moving to Spokane.

The Bells open their 13th season on June 3 at Joe Martin Field against the Kelowna Falcons.

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