Longtime Norfolk Tides' GM, Dave Rosenfield Passes Away at 87

Late Tuesday night, the unfortunate word that longtime Norfolk Tides General Manager, and a man known all around the minor league baseball world, Dave Rosenfield passed away at the age of 87.

Photo: Patrick Cavey

David Hall of  The Virginian-Pilot, was the first to report news. Hall wrote a tremendous piece on the Rosenfield last night, and I strongly encourage each of you to check it out.

Rosenfield suffered a heart attack on February 18 per Hall's piece.

The Tides have not been an Orioles' affiliate the entire time of their existence, but Rosenfield served as the Tides' General Manager from 1963 to 2012! He was also a four-time International League Executive of the year and the 2004 King of Baseball.

There is no doubt that Rosenfield is a Hall of Famer in every sense of the word, and it's easy to see that people agree. He is a member of the Hampton Roads sports Hall of Fame, the International League Hall of Fame and last year was voted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame.

While all Orioles' fans may not know who Rosenfield is, if you ever listened to a Tides' radio broadcast last season when they were playing at home in Harbor Park, you heard Rosenfield as a color commentator. Last season was his 61st year in minor league baseball.

As Hall wrote in his piece, Rosenfield helped bring about the minor league baseball experience as we know it today; meaning not just a professional baseball game, but the "activity-filled, family-friendly night out" at the ball park.

I personally never had the chance to meet or talk with "Rosey", but don't think for a second that I never got to hear stories about what he had done for baseball in the Norfolk area, or listen to him on the broadcast.

There are people in sports that have a way of making folks feel like they knew the person, even though they had never met, and "Rosey" was that kind of guy.

I never got to meet him, but that doesn't change the fact that the Tides, the Orioles' organization, minor league baseball, and the world, lost a great man Tuesday.

RIP Rosey


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