Gatemen hire Harvey Shapiro as team’s new manager
Harvey Shapiro, a former assistant coach for the Wareham Gatemen, has been hired as the team’s new manager.
“Shapiro has now come full circle,” the Gatemen said in a statement, noting that he spent two seasons as the team’s assistant coach in the early 90s.
After his time with the Gatemen, Shapiro managed the Falmouth Commodores for five seasons. He went on to “an 18-year stint as manager of the Bourne Braves,” the statement said.
Now, Harvey has “landed back in Wareham,” to replace Don Sneddon, who is retiring.
“The organization is very excited to have Harvey managing the Gatemen next season,” Gatemen President Tom Gay said. “He brings the knowledge of the game and he is very familiar with the Wareham community having coached here for the Gatemen years ago and then of course coaching against us these past several years.”
Shapiro has 529 career wins, placing him third in the Cape Cod Baseball League. His Bourne team won the 2009 league Playoff Championship. His teams have been to the CCBL finals seven seasons.
In addition to his work with the Cape Cod league, Shapiro has “more than 30 years of baseball coaching experience at the college level, including stints at Springfield College, Bowdoin College and the University of Hartford,” according to his profile on the Bourne coaching staff page.
“Wareham has a great organization with a lot of people helping out and I am looking forward to seeing everyone,” Shapiro said.
This past summer he managed Bourne to its league-best 24-9-3 record and was named Manager of the Year. Gatemen General Manager Andrew Lang said Shapiro “is a great coach” and emphasized the importance of his more than 20 years of experience with the league.
Shapiro will be inducted into the league’s Hall of Fame in November.