Florida native C.J. Bauer, known in business circles as a corporate turnaround specialist, has been named general manager of the Coastal Bend Thunder professional baseball club, United League Baseball President Byron Pierce announced.

His selection completes the filling of all six of the league's general manager positions, as well as the six field manager posts, Pierce said.

"We believe that with his 20 years experience in management positions as well as in baseball, he is the right person to be manager for this important position," Pierce said.

"With strong assistant general managers like Ray Hunt and Javier Limon working with Bauer, the Thunder, our newest pro ball franchise, has one of the strongest management teams in the United League," Pierce said.

The operation is located in the Coastal Bend area of South Texas.

"I'm real excited with this opportunity with the Coastal Bend operation," Bauer said. "When I first looked at the area and the ball park, I had my own kind of Field of Dreams moment.

"I see a stadium full of fans. I'm aware of the past, but that's what makes it so appealing," he said. "I have no doubt that we will get the support of the fans and the business communities."

Bauer graduated from Clearwater, Fla., High School and the University of Tampa, with a bachelor of science degree in Business Management.

His business experience includes being a national sales manager for Bob CAD/CAM software, helping it become a leader in the industry.

He served as general manager of Corporate Development Department with PODS and chief executive officer for BMA Financial Corp. of Atlanta.

He also was general manager of BMW of Atlanta, which under his guidance became one of the top 10 volume dealers in the nation.

His involvement in baseball includes being general manager for the Florida Performance Baseball. He also helped Harlingen Field Manager Eddie Dennis with AAU baseball operations in Florida.

He last played for the Florida Tropics of the Men's Senior Baseball League and has served as president-general manager of the St. Petersburg Monarchs in the Southern Diamond League.