Tim Bawmann

Interview with Tim Bawmann of the Lowell Spinners.

Tim Bawmann is currently the General Manager of the Lowell Spinners baseball team, the Single A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox who make their home in Lowell, Massachusetts.

Tim completed his fifth season as the team’s General Manager- 19th in Minor League Baseball in 2008. Under his guidance the club set an all time attendance record of 199,197 fans, a single game attendance record and extended the franchise sellout streak to 344 games in 2008. While in Lowell, Bawmann’s staff has established pre-season marketing franchise records in 2004, topped in 2005, 2006, 2007 and topped yet again in 2008, added summer baseball camps, sleep-over camp-outs on the field, Yankees Elimination Promotion, Lowell Spinners Road Race and an annual “Spreadin’ The Love Tour” to the Spinners lineup.

Bawmann also serves on the NY-Penn League’s Board of Directors, the Greater Merrimack Visitors and Convention Bureau Board of Directors and the Greater Lowell Boy’s and Girl’s Club Board of Directors. Tim is the chairman of the NYPL marketing committee that launched a national logo design contest last season gaining entries from as far away as Paris, France. The committee also handles sales for the NYPL and its various inventory opportunities. His baseball career started in 1988 as an Assistant to the General Manager of the Beloit Brewers. Later that year he joined the Houston Astros organization at their Spring Training home in Kissimmee, FL..

In 1991 he was promoted to General Manager and Spring Training Coordinator. While with the Astros he initiated a name change from the Osceola Astros to the Kissimmee Cobras in 1995. In 1997 he was named the Vice President/General Manager of the Quad City River Bandits and held that post into the 2001 season. In Quad City, the River Bandits won their division’s Stadium Operations Award twice. In 2003 he returned to the Florida State League as the Director of Sales and Marketing for the Montreal Expos owned, Brevard County Manatees. The Bawmann bunch- wife, Kelley, daughter Chloe (14) and son Elijah (10) reside in Nashua, New Hampshire.

Interview

Lowell.com: Year after year, Lowell Spinners games always sell out. What is it about Spinners games that people love the most?

Tim Bawmann: I’d have to say it is a combination of three things; affordability, entertainment and our affiliation with the Boston Red Sox

Lowell.com: How have the Spinners contributed to all of the changes in Lowell over the past several years?

Tim Bawmann: Senator Paul Tsongas had a vision some 15 years ago to help revitalize the City of Lowell. In his plan was a Minor League baseball facility. If you look around the ballpark’s vicinity you will see renovated mill buildings, a new UML Rec center, a thriving bar and grille. In addition the Spinners direct economic impact to the City of Lowell each season is nearly $5-million dollars. We have a direct impact on hotels, restaurants, convenience stores, gas stations and more. We bring nearly 200,000 people each year into Lowell over 38 dates for at least 3-hours per night (in the ballpark).

Lowell.com: What does life in Lowell mean to you?

Tim Bawmann: Security. Through the Spinners I’m able to support my wife and two children in a wonderful part of the Country.

Lowell.com: When you aren’t at the ballpark, where is your favorite spot in Lowell to hang out?

Tim Bawmann: Lowell Beer Works. They have the best chicken sandwich in town and the microbrews aren’t so bad either.

Lowell.com: What Spinners accomplishment are you most proud of during your tenure?

My staff. I’m blessed to have some of the most talented individuals in Minor League Baseball. We have almost no turnover each year which is highly unusual in this industry. We’re all on the same page. To provide affordable entertainment to the community we all know and love.

Lowell.com: Thank for the insight, Tim. We are looking forward to another great summer filled with Spinners baseball!