A mix of new and old will be on hand for the Rome Braves’ annual Hot Stove Gathering when it comes to downtown Rome later this month.
The event, which welcomes baseball fans from around the region to meet and mingle with guests from both the Rome Braves and Atlanta Braves organizations, is scheduled for Jan. 29 at the Forum River Center.
Among those scheduled to attend are new Rome Braves General Manager Jim Bishop and Atlanta Braves manager Brian Snitker. Also on the guest list is the 2017 Rome Braves field staff, including manager Rocket Wheeler, who returns to Rome after overseeing the team’s first three seasons from 2003-2005.
Bishop is going into his first season as Rome’s vice president and general manager after serving 22 years as the assistant general manager of the Braves’ AA affiliate.
Snitker is returning for his third season at the helm of the Atlanta team and 42nd as a member of the organization.
Additional guests include Atlanta Braves Assistant Director of Player Development Jonathan Schuerholz, Manager of Minor League Administration Ron Knight, Director of Scouting Brian Bridges, and former Rome Braves player Braeden Schlehuber.
A release from the Rome Braves stated that more guests will be announced.
The event, in its 16th year, benefits local charities. Fans can enjoy an “all you can eat” gourmet ballpark fare dinner including hot dogs, chili dogs, chicken tenders and more. The evening will also include a question and answer session with guests, an autograph session, and a sports memorabilia silent auction.
The Hot Stove Gathering starts at 5:30 p.m. and is scheduled to wrap up at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, with children’s tickets $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at the Rome Braves ticket office at State Mutual Stadium and online at romebraves.com.
The Rome Braves open the 2017 season at State Mutual Stadium on April 5 against the Hagerstown Suns.