Our Staff


 

Owners / Front Office


Bill Masse - Owner / Head Instructor

Owner and Head Instructor at Baseball City, Bill is a native of Manchester, Connecticut.  He is currently entering his 29th year in professional baseball. Bill played 8 seasons with the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox organizations; coached 13 years in Minor League Baseball, serving as a manager in 9 of those seasons and a hitting coach in 4, and he is currently entering his 8th year as a Major League Professional Scout for the Seattle Mariners. Bill garnered his 500th Minor League win as a manager in 2007 while at New Hampshire, the Double A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays.  Masse had joined the Blue Jays organization in 2007 after spending the previous six years working for the New York Yankees as a manager and coach. In 2008, Bill managed the San Antonio Missions, the Double A affiliate of the San Diego Padres.  In 2009, Bill was the hitting coach for the Buffalo Bisons, Triple A affiliate of the New York Mets.

While in the Yankees Organization, Masse managed the Double-A Trenton Thunder in the Eastern League during the 2005 and 2006 seasons. He led the Thunder to the post-season in both years at the helm, winning the regular season Northern Division Championship in 2006.  Masse spent 2003 and 2004 as the Manager of the Tampa Yankees (Class A).  In 2004, the Tampa Yankees were the Champions of the Florida State League.  His other experience in the Yankees system was the Manager of Greensboro (Class A) in 2002 and as the Hitting Coach for Tampa in 2001 - Champions of the Florida State League.

Masse also spent four years in the Montreal Expos organization.  He managed Cape Fear (Class A) in 2000 and the Gulf Coast Expos (Rookie) in 1999.  He also served as Hitting Coach for Ottawa (Class AAA) in 1998 and for Vermont (Class A) in 1997.

After capturing an Olympic Gold Medal as an outfielder for Team USA in 1988, Masse played professionally in the New York Yankees organization between 1989-1995.  He was named 1993 Minor League Player-of-the-Year while a member of the Triple-A Columbus Clippers.  Masse graduated from Wake Forest University and was the only player in Division I athletics to be named both 1st Team All-American & 1st Team Academic All-American for the year 1988, his senior year.  He received the Arnold Palmer Award in 1988 for Athlete of the Year at Wake Forest University.

Mark Bagdasarian – Owner / Instructor

Mark was a catcher at the University of Connecticut (Hartford). He is the current Varsity coach at Wethersfield High School and former Varsity coach at Manchester High School. Mark is entering his 10th year of coaching at the High School Level.

John Fote – Owner / Instructor

John pitched at the college level at Quinnipiac College. He coached the varsity program at Wethersfield High School for the past ten years. John led the Eagles to the first ever Class L State Championship game in the 2005 season. John also coached the District I team to the Senior District championship in 2002 and was named the coach for Connecticut vs Massachusetts All– Star Game at Fenway Park. John is the originator of 5 Star Baseball and conducts clinics in hitting, pitching, and positional play.

Tommie Winn - General Manager

Tommie was a two sport athlete at St. Joseph's High School in Trumbull, CT. He was the Cadets starting QB and MLB on the football team and was a starting catcher and pitched for the cadets baseball team. After high school Tommie attended Milford Academy for a post-graduate year where he served as the Falcons starting catcher and as a pitcher lead the team in wins and ERA. Tommie played his college ball at Western CT State University where he finished with a career .368 batting average. Tommie has spent the last 17 years as a full time instructor and travel baseball coach. He started his coaching career with the CT Dawgs travel baseball program serving as their 12U head coach. In 2002 Tommie was hired by the St. Louis Cardinals AA affiliate The New Haven Ravens as Director of Baseball Programs and Instruction. From 2007-2014 Tommie was the lead Instructor for Extra Innings in Agawam, MA. While at Extra Innings Tommie founded the Western Mass Storm a highly successful travel baseball program. As an instructor Tommie has had numerous students go on to successful pro and college careers. As a head coach he has lead his teams to a Ripken National Championship, 2X AAU National Championship finalist, Triple Crown World Series Finalist, and 8 Regional Tournament Championships. Tommie resides in Manchester with his wife Heather and sons TJ and Brady.

Ish Bolorin - Assistant GM

Ismael Bolorin graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University (Sport and Leisure Management), Ismael was a four year member of the Warriors baseball team. He recorded a record 13 triples in 2007 as a junior right fielder and led the team in steals (14), helped lead the team to the Division 3 World Series. Ismael assisted at various camps held by head coach Bill Hollowaty. He also played two years in Puerto Rico after college where he led the team in triples and stolen bases. As a Senior captain helped lead Manchester high school to the state tournament under former Eastern CT Graduate Paul Winarski. As a Junior was all conference as a center fielder and pitched.

Pitching Instructors


Mike Hepple

Mike Hepple, Pitcher in the New York Mets Organization.  Four year letter winner at Eastern Connecticut State University. 2015 Florida State League All Star.  Posted a 2.51 ERA in 60 innings pitched out of the bullpen.  Mike was then invited to pitch in the Arizona Fall league following the season. 2014  Pitched in the New York Penn League for the Class A SS Brooklyn Cyclones.  He posted a 1.93 ERA in 24 innings out of the bullpen. In 2013 Mike pitched professionally in the Frontier League, and American Association. Before signing a pro contract he completed his internship at Perks Sports Academy in California, and brings his experience back home to Baseball City.

Joe Serfass

Joe Serfas is a former pitcher in the New York Mets organization, is currently the Head Coach at Windsor High School. Joe finished his professional playing career with the Binghamton Mets (Double A) and posted outstanding numbers as a middle reliever. Joe was the winning pitcher for Eastern Connecticut State University when the team won the NCAA Division III National Championship in Division III. While at Eastern, he was a two-time DIII All-American, named to the DIII All-Decade Team, and set the NCAA record with 47 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings. Joe currently conducts pitching lessons at Baseball City.

Ace Adams

Ace Adams, will be in his fifth season with both the Cardinals and the River Bandits. Known for building strong relationships with his pitchers, his chief accomplishments in 2008 included developing talented hurlers such as Nick Additon, Mark Diapoules and Richard Castillo -- all of whom had breakout seasons that landed them on the prospect radar. Adams was a collegiate coach for thirteen years at University of Michigan (1989-96), Brandeis University (1986-89), Harvard University (1985) and Dartmouth College (1984). He was also a traveling batting practice pitcher for the Boston Red Sox in 1984-1986.After coaching in the Montreal Expos (1997-2001) and Florida Marlins (2002) farm systems, Adams was a pitching coach in the Red Sox Nation (2003-2006). He was a coach for the Lowell Spinners (2003), Augusta Green Jackets (2004), Wilmington Blue Rocks (2005), and Portland Sea Dogs (2006). Adams became a coach for the Quad Cities River Bandits in 2008 in the St. Louis Cardinals' minor league system.

Hitting Instructors


Gary Burnham

Gary Burnham, A native of South Windsor, CT Gary lead SWHS to a Class L state championship and earned All-American honors. In that same year he was named CT Gatorade High School Player of the Year. Gary was selected by the Chicago Cubs in the 22nd round but elected to go to Clemson University instead. While at Clemson, Gary would participate in two College World Series Tournaments while earning All-American, All-ACC, and team MVP honors during his 4 year career. During the summer months Gary was a two time Cape Cod League All-Star for the Orleans Cardinals, and the Falmouth Commodores and was MVP of the Cape Cod League All-Star game in 1995. In 1997 Gary was drafted in the 22nd round by the Philadelphia Phillies and earned New York Penn League All-Star honors during his first half season in the minors (.325BA 5HR, 45RBI). In 2001 Gary earned AA Eastern League All-Star status for the Reading Phillies (.318BA, 15HR, 77RBI). In 2002 Gary was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays and earned AAA International League All-Star honors and was the teams' MVP. (.281BA, 18HR, 88RBI). After bouncing around with the AAA Reds, and AAA Cardinals Gary was back with the Phillies in 2006 where he set the career HR record for the AA Reading Phillies with (56HR). That same year he was also named to the AA Eastern League All-Star team and was the teams' MVP. In 2007 Gary would be promoted to the AAA Ottawa Lynx still with the Phillies minor league system and posted another team MVP year.(.292BA, 12HR, 84RBI). Taking his bat to Taiwan in 2008 Gary set the all-time foreign hitting streak record at 23 games in a row. In 2009 at 34 years old and still hungry for a major league job Gary finally got his break and landed a pinch hitting job on Bobby Valentine's team (Chiba Lotte Marines) in Japan. 

Sean Allaire

Sean Allaire, played four years at Central Connecticut State University. Sean was the NEC player of the year in 2010. He was also first team all-conference, first team All—New England, first team All ECAC honors, third team ABCA All– American, and Louisville Slugger All American in 2010. Sean played in the Independent Baseball in the Frontier League. Sean graduated with two degrees, one in physical education and one in psychology.

Danny Angelillo

Danny Angelillo, played collegiate baseball at Suffolk University in Boston MA. Danny was a Captain of the 2006 Wethersfield High School team, were he was elected to the All-Conference team 3 years in a row. Danny has coached in the Capitals Organization and is currently the Head Coach of the Fall 18u team and the 10u Spring / Summer Team.

Fielding / Catching Instructors


Sean Allaire

Sean Allaire, played four years at Central Connecticut State University. Sean was the NEC player of the year in 2010. He was also first team all-conference, first team All—New England, first team All ECAC honors, third team ABCA All– American, and Louisville Slugger All American in 2010. Sean played in the Independent Baseball in the Frontier League. Sean graduated with two degrees, one in physical education and one in psychology.

Danny Angelillo

Danny Angelillo, played collegiate baseball at Suffolk University in Boston MA. Danny was a Captain of the 2006 Wethersfield High School team, were he was elected to the All-Conference team 3 years in a row. Danny has coached in the Capitals Organization and is currently the Head Coach of the Fall 18u team and the 10u Spring / Summer Team.