MASSARO MAKES IT OFFICIAL
Gary, Ind. — Mike Massaro the longest tenured current member of the Gary South Shore RailCats has announced his retirement from baseball. “There is never an easy time but I am at the time in my life right now but with some new opportunities out there that it is time to move on to the next phase including spending time with my family,” stated Massaro.
The Pueblo, Colorado native played five seasons with the RailCats joining the club in 2009 after spending four years in the Oakland Athletics organization. The outfielder leaves as the franchise leader in multiple offensive categories including hits (624), average (.318), RBI (285), runs (326), doubles (121) and triples (52). “I had a great career and worked hard to get where I did, but a lot goes into that. You have to have good people around you like Skip (Manager Greg Tagert), my teammates and Mr. Salvi (RailCats Owner Pat Salvi). They had a lot to do with my success.”
“A player like Mike Massaro doesn’t come around very often…..the rare combination of talent, skill, leadership, and character. It’s been one of my greatest pleasures to have Mike on our ballclub these past 5 years. Along with Adam Klein and Cristian Guerrero, the 2013 Championship brought a fitting and well-deserved conclusion for three of the finest players to ever wear a RailCat uniform……the legacy they left will be the example for future players to follow,” said RailCats Manager Greg Tagert.
Massaro became the RailCats all-time career leader in hits the same day he became the all-time leader in runs on June 23rd, 2013 against St. Paul. Massaro also hit two inside the park home runs in 2013 and played in 105 games in 2013 including the post season resulting in winning the American Association Championship. “I want to thank the entire organization for everything they have done for me. It was great to give a championship to Gary and the RailCats fans in my final year,” said Massaro.
Massaro hit .303 in his final season for the RailCats with two homers and 60 RBI and in his five seasons never hit below .300 as a RailCat.
The RailCats home opener is May 22nd against the Witchita Wingnuts.