Former Bengal Star Interning at Yankees Florida Camp
Michael DeTroia, the former Barnegat High School athletic standout, may have a future in professional baseball.
It wouldn’t be as a player, but in the front office. DeTroia, who turns 24 in June, is working as an operations intern for the New York Yankees at their spring training complex in Tampa. He reports to Matt Gess, the team’s assistant general manager.
He said the job entails numerous tasks. For example, on game days, he is working with ticket sales.
“We get very good attendance for our spring exhibition games because there are so many Yankee fans who have moved here from New York and North Jersey,” he said.
DeTroia said because of the large fan base, the team holds numerous meet-and-greet events.
“I work at coordinating these fan-friendly get-togethers,” he said. “We like to reach out and thank the fans for their support.”
In his position, DeTroia said he has met most of the Yankees players and was particularly impressed with Gary Sanchez, who as a rookie catcher last season came out like gangbusters by hitting 20 home runs in 53 games.
“He’s been hitting the ball very well and he should have a great season,” said DeTroia. “Aaron Judge, the young outfielder, has also had a good camp. Both those players have amazing power, and you get a feel for that when watching them in batting practice.”
DeTroia said it has been hard to keep track of pitchers because “there are so many in camp.” However, he said veteran Masahiro Tanaka has been throwing the ball well and is looking like the ace of the staff.
He said he got to meet general manager Brian Cashman.
“He goes back and forth from the Bronx to Tampa,” he said. “Because of his status, he’s a little intimidating. But he seems like a pretty humble guy.”
At Barnegat, DeTroia excelled in football and as a senior made the Star-Ledger’s all-state team as a wide receiver in 2010. He went on to take his talents to University of New Hampshire.
He finished his education last year by getting a degree in communications from the University of Tampa.
“That gave me an idea to see if I could get an entry-level position with the Yankees,” he said. “I gave them a resume and they followed up on it and then I got the job.”
When spring training ends, DeTroia said he could be heading north with the team or staying in Tampa, which is also home to a Yankees Class A affiliate.
“There has been a lot to learn, but I love baseball and this is a great situation for me,” he said. “Hopefully, one day I’ll get a chance to move up.”
— Eric Englund