Ballparks of America Hires General Manager

Scott Bailes hired by The Sports Facilities Management to oversee day-to-day operations at American’s Baseball Tournament Destination in Branson, MO

(Branson, MO) May 15, 2020 – With the first summer tournament only a few weeks away, the Ballparks of America staff is now ready to bring in teams for an exceptional 2020 season. After a national talent search, the four owners who oversee the project in partnership with Sports Facilities Management (SFM), have selected Scott Bailes as General Manager for the sports complex.

Upon high school graduation Bailes attended Missouri State University on a baseball scholarship. Later drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates to play professional baseball in 1982 and after a trade in 1985 to the Cleveland Indians, Bailes started the 1986 season with the major league team. His major league career spanned nearly ten seasons, with stops in Cleveland, California and Texas. Upon retirement he founded Sports World, an indoor sports training facility while serving a four year term as a city councilman and currently serves on the Springfield-Greene County Parkboard.

Bailes worked with the Cardinals organization for eight seasons as Director of Development and continues today as the color commentator on all television broadcasts. In addition, Bailes serves as part owner of the locally famous Ebbets Field bar and restaurant. With his wealth of knowledge and reputation in the baseball world, SFM believes Bailes to be the perfect fit at Ballparks of America.

“Scott Bailes has a background in the major leagues and we knew he would be a great fit,” says Lori Moore, Account Executive of SFM. “We have seen his influence in his various roles not only as a professional baseball player but also after his retirement. We have no doubt he will exceed expectations as the General Manager of Ballparks of America.”

In regards to the opportunity to work for Ballparks of America, Bailes adds, “I am honored to work for SFM and to join the Ballparks team. I look forward to bringing my expertise to the complex and offering visitors to this national beacon an exceptional experience in baseball.”

As an SFM-managed property, Ballparks of America joins the SFM Network, the industry’s largest and fastest growing network of sports tourism properties in the U.S. The SFM Network hosts more than 25 million guests visits each year across associated venues and is forecast to produce more than $1 billion in economic impact in the next five years.

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Located in Branson, Missouri, Ballparks of America is an international baseball tournament destination. Our signature features are our on campus stay and play suites and our two-thirds scale replicas of 5 classic American ballparks, complete with the dimensions and elements that make each of these iconic stadiums unique. The latest technology in synthetic turf provides the most consistent playing surface throughout the summer season, complete with covered dugouts, bullpen areas, Musco lighting and stadium-style seating at various fields for an MLB experience. Learn more or register for your next tournament:

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