VISALIA, CA - The Visalia Rawhide announced today the addition of two new faces to the club's front office staff. Vinnie Longo will join the Rawhide as the team's new voice, as he assumes the duties of Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations. Micolette Peña will also join the staff as Community Relations Manager and will oversee the Rawhide's community outreach programs.
Longo had served as the lead broadcaster and Assistant General Manager for the independent San Rafael Pacifics since 2014. In addition to his broadcast duties, Longo ran the Pacifics' Media Relations department and assisted with the club's Baseball Operations and Marketing departments. He graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Television and Radio Production, focusing in broadcasting.
Peña grew up in Tulare and graduated from Tulare Western in 2011. She went on to attend Fresno State where she received her Bachelor's degree in Sports Administration. After spending several years in the sports and entertainment community of Fresno, working for organizations such as the San Francisco 49ers, Fresno Grizzlies, Fresno Monsters hockey team, she's come back home to the Visalia area.
"I am very grateful for the opportunity here in Visalia," said Peña. "I'm excited to continue my career in sports as a part of the Rawhide family."
"I'm incredibly excited to be taking on this role with the Rawhide and to be joining the Visalia community," said Longo. "The Rawhide are a first-rate organization in Minor League Baseball, and I'm looking forward to becoming a part of it.
"I'm proud to say that the Rawhide staff continues to get stronger & stronger each year," said General Manager Jennifer Pendergraft. "We continue to strive to be better each year, and fresh blood helps us all stay creative, and at the top of our game. Both Vinnie and Micolette are joining our experienced staff with a vast knowledge of their own, and I'm looking forward to hearing their ideas and getting them involved in our great community!"
Longo & Peña are joining a veteran staff with over 35 years of combined experience:
- Jennifer Pendergraft, General Manager: 10 years
- Cody Gray, AGM of Ballpark Operations: 6 years
- Charlie Saponara, AGM of Groups, Ticketing & Events: 5 years
- Jill Webb, Director of Sales & Promotions: 3 years
- Jon Bueno, Director of Community Partnerships: 3 years
- Heather Dominguez, Director of Ticketing: 3 years
- James Templeton, Head Groundskeeper: 3 years
- Julian Rifkind, Baseball Operations Manager: 2 years
- Jerry Verastegui, Ballpark Operations Manager: 2 years
The Visalia Rawhide staff has received accolades by their peers in the industry for several years now, the most recent being the 2015 "California League Excellence in Community Service" and 2016 "Esurance Home Field Advantage Award", also representing the California League.
2017 marks the 71st year of baseball in Visalia at Recreation Ballpark, and the 11th season of the Rawhide's affiliation with the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Rawhide will open their season on April 4th, and will host their home opener on April 13th against the Inland Empire 66ers. For tickets and more information, visit Rawhidebaseball.com or call 559-732-4433. Follow the Rawhide on Social media on Twitter (@VisaliaRawhide), Facebook (TheRawhide), Instagram (@visaliarawhide) and Snap Chat (visaliarawhide).