Some employee news from the Hudson Valley Renegades (High-A; Sally League), with President/GM Steve Gleaner Leaving to join the team owner Diamond Baseball Holdings as a consultant, and Tyson Jeffers And the Zach Petkowski Promotion.
Jeffers, the current vice president and assistant general manager, is the new general manager. Corporate Partnerships Director Zach Petkowski has become a rebellious new assistant general manager.
“One of our primary tasks at DBH is to identify talent and promote those within the organization to roles that can positively impact each club,” he said. Peter’s friend, CEO of Diamond Baseball Holdings, via a press release. “We are thrilled to elevate two rising stars in Tyson Jeffers to GM and Zach Petkowski to AGM to run Renegades and continue to build on Steve’s incredible legacy at MiLB.”
Jeffers began his minor league baseball career 10 years ago in St. Paul, Minnesota with St. Paul Saints (then independent; American League). In his seven years with the Saints, Jeffers worked his way through the ranks starting as Director of Ticket Sales and Corporate before becoming Director of Ticket Sales, and eventually as Director of Corporate Partnerships. In 2015, Jeffers was part of the opening of CHS Field, which led to record sales and attendance figures for the organization. In early 2020, Jeffers accepted the position of Vice President and Assistant General Manager for Renegades, which he has held since March 2020.
“Since I started with the Rebels, Steve has been my biggest fan and mentor,” Jeffers said via a press release. “He has humbly given me the space to fail, succeed, and grow, and without his guidance and leadership I would not be prepared to take on this responsibility. It is an honor and a blessing to have the vows delivered from such a wonderful person and for such a wonderful organization. Our team is made up of some of the most talented individuals in the industry, and I am excited to see What we can do to improve our facility, increase fun and, most importantly, positively impact the communities we serve.”
A native of New York, Petkowski began his professional baseball career in 2014 and spent his nine-year career with a team Cortland CrushAnd the Lake Vermont monsters And the Lehigh Valley IronPigs before the wearers. During his time with Lehigh Valley, the team has been honored multiple times for industry excellence, and has received several Golden Bobblehead Awards, as well as the Larry MacPhail Award in 2019, awarded to the best promotional team in every Minor League Baseball league.
While working with IronPigs, Betkowski served on the board of directors for a company IronPigs Charities, 501(c)3 is intended to provide educational and recreational opportunities to youth in the Lehigh Valley. Betkowski joined Renegades in March 2021 as Director of Corporate Partnerships.
“Minor League Baseball is the best industry in sports and entertainment, and I have been fortunate to work with and learn from some of the most innovative individuals in the industry,” Betkowski said via a press release. “In my two seasons with Renegades, Steve and Tyson have been so supportive of my career ambitions and have enabled me to be a leader with our team. I am really excited for the future of Renegades as we look forward to becoming one of the most influential brands in all of Minor League Baseball.” I want to thank Steve, Tyson, Peter, and everyone at Diamond Baseball Holdings, for their trust in me to help take this team to the next level!”
Gleaner’s accomplishments as a baseball fighter are numerous, including two spells with the Rebels over 35 seasons at MiLB. He was part of the initial Renegades that started the team in January 1994. He became Vice President/General Manager in October 1998 and rose to the position of President/General Manager in September 2001. He remained in this position until leaving him in September 2003 for the same role with Fort Myers Miracle (High -A; Florida State League), where he was also the Minnesota Twins spring training coordinator.
In 2014 and 2015, he helped oversee the complete renovation of Hammond Stadium at CenturyLink Sports Complex. After 13 seasons at Fort Myers, Gliner returned to the Renegades in January 2017 as team president and became president/general manager in October 2018.
Gliner is beginning his new role with Diamond Baseball Holdings as a consultant to the Renegades team, focusing on significant construction projects that will take place at Dutchess Stadium over the next two years. Among the many awards, Gleaner was inducted into the Florida State University Hall of Fame in 2019.
“Being able to return to the Hudson Valley in 2017 was one of the most significant accomplishments of my career,” Glenner said via a press release. “As an employee, we have made great strides in the past few years as we continue to grow our brand and operations as a subsidiary of the New York Yankees. I am excited to hand over The Renegades to two very talented and deserving people in Tyson and Zack. The team is definitely in good hands! I look forward to starting in my new role as we work with the Yankees. and Duchess County to upgrade the player and fan experience at Duchess over the next few years and beyond.”