Senior Vice President Of Baseball Operations
Named senior vice president, baseball operations for the Rays in November 2005, Gerry Hunsicker touches all areas of baseball operations. He has been particularly instrumental in helping to establish the Rays international program. Over the past three years, the Rays have created a significant presence in Venezuela, Dominican Republic and Colombia. In December 2008, the team and the city of Marília, Brazil, announced a partnership that includes construction of a training facility, the first baseball academy run by a major league organization in Brazil. In 2009, the Rays also expanded efforts in Asia and Europe.
Hunsicker's experience in major league baseball spans four decades. Prior to joining the Rays, Hunsicker served as an advisor for the Houston Astros during the 2005 season. Previously, he served as general manager of the Astros for nine seasons. He was instrumental in building the team that advanced to the franchise's first-ever World Series in 2005.
After being named general manager of the Astros in 1996, it took Hunsicker only two seasons to transform the franchise into a perennial winner. During this time he formed a nucleus that carried the team to four National League Central Division championships in five seasons. In addition to the four division titles, the club finished second in four of his other five seasons and reached the playoffs as the National League Wild Card entry in 2004.
In 1998, Hunsicker was named Sporting News Executive of the Year after assembling an Astros team that won a franchise-best 102 games during the season.
Hunsicker began his career with the Astros in 1978, then went on to become the minor league director for the New York Mets. During his seven-year tenure, he oversaw scouting and assisted in the major league operation. Previously, he had been the assistant athletic director and assistant baseball coach at Florida International University.
A native of Collegeville, Pa., Hunsicker received his B.S. degree from St. Joseph's University where he played baseball and was named to the All-Mid-Atlantic Conference team. He also holds an M.S. in management from FIU. In recent years he was inducted into the St. Joseph's Baseball Hall of Fame and Athletic Hall of Fame, as well as the Texas Baseball Hall of Fame. Hunsicker also received the prestigious Torch Award from FIU, recognizing distinguished alumni of the university. Hunsicker and his wife, Irene, have one daughter, Kelly.