Former Gems GM takes same job in Medford

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MEDFORD, Ore. — Former Klamath Falls Gems general manager Chuck Heeman has accepted the same position with the new expansion team in Medford.

Heeman resigned in late September after running the Gems during their West Coast League expansion year in 2011. This summer, the WCL announced it was expanding to add a team in Medford.

“This is a great honor for us all, not only to be able to oversee the startup of what will be a great addition to the WCL but to operate Harry & David Field on a year-round basis,” Chuck Heeman said in a news release. “We learned a lot, for better and worse, about how to operate a college wood-bat team during our time in Klamath Falls, and we’ll miss our friends there tremendously. But the ability to take the knowledge we gained in Klamath Falls and use it to start this franchise was an opportunity we couldn’t pass up. We thank CSH International for giving us this opportunity and look forward to becoming an integral part of our new community.”

Heeman’s wife Mayra and Kyndra Miles will join Heeman in Medford. Both were part of the Gems organization.

There has been no announcement by the Gems on Heeman’s replacement in Klamath Falls.