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February 7, 2024

Worcester Bravehearts sold to owners of Masis Staffing Solutions

A baseball stadium Photo | Grant Welker The Worcester Bravehearts play at Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field, which has a capacity of 3,000.

Following the December sale of the Worcester Red Sox, another local baseball franchise is under new ownership, as the Worcester Bravehearts have been sold.

The Bravehearts, which play in the Future’s League, have been purchased by Frank Vaccaro and his family, according to a release issued by the team Wednesday on X, formerly known as Twitter. Members of the Vaccaro family own and operate Masis Staffing Solutions, a Worcester-based company with 60+ branches across 25 states. Matt Vaccaro, a member of WBJ’s 2022 40 under Forty class, will serve as the team’s new president. 

“We are honored to continue the tradition of the Worcester Bravehearts and will strive to deliver a product that the city can be proud of, both on and off the field,” Matt Vaccaro said in the release. 

Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. 

In addition to their work at Masis Staffing Solutions, Frank Vaccaro, along with his sons Matt and Frank Jr., are coaches for the Shrewsbury American Legion Post 397 baseball team. 

The team was sold by John Creedon Jr., who founded the team in 2013. In addition to his former ownership of the Bravehearts, Creedon owns the Nashua Silver Knights, another summer collegiate-level baseball team.

“My family and I could not be more excited to pass the Bravehearts’ torch to our friends and neighbors, the Vaccaro family,” Creedon said in the release. “They will continue the incredible run that the Bravehearts have enjoyed over the last decade, and will no doubt enhance it with their own style and touches.”

The team will continue to play at Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field, located on the campus of the College of Holy Cross. The team’s upcoming season, which begins in May, will be the Braveheart’s 11th in the city, tying the Worcester Ice Cats for the longest-running sports franchise in Worcester’s history, according to the release. 

Photo | Edd Cote
Dave Peterson, GM of the Worcester Bravehearts.

The Ice Cats played in the American Hockey League at Worcester’s DCU Center from 1994 until 2005, when the franchise was relocated to Peoria, Illinois.

Bravehearts General Manager Dave Peterson will remain on with the team. 

The Bravehearts play in the Future’s League, an amateur baseball league headquartered in Weymouth, which seeks to give college players additional playing experience and opportunities to be noticed by professional scouts. The league has seen more than 150 of its players drafted by Major League Baseball clubs, according to its website. 

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