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The RailCats will welcome back veteran Mike Massaro for his fifth season in 2013. He is the longest-tenured current member of the club.
The 28-year-old outfielder is one of the best hitters in RailCats history. He is the team's all-time career leader with a .321 batting average. In 2012, Massaro became just the second RailCat to reach 500 hits, as he stands second behind Jay Pecci with 504. He also ranks first in club history in triples (35), third in both slugging and on-base percentage and second in OPS (on-base plus slugging).
In addition, Massaro holds team single-season records in hits, runs, triples, sacrifice flies, total bases and at-bats. Since the RailCats joined the American Association in 2011, he is tied with Wichita's Mike Conroy for most triples in league history with 28. He is tied for the league record for most triples in a season with 16 in 2011. Over the last two seasons, 22 of his 28 triples have come at U. S. Steel Yard.
2012: Massaro was the only RailCat to play in all 100 games and led the team in most offensive categories, including batting average, home runs, doubles, triples, RBI, slugging percentage, OPS, runs, hits, total bases and at-bats.
Masarro had a .325 average with a career-high six home runs and 66 RBI. He set single-season team records in runs (76), at-bats (415) and sacrifice flies (10). Massaro led the league with 12 triples, tied for the league lead with 10 sac flies and was third with 135 hits.
The left-handed hitter also led the RailCats with 40 multi-hit games and 17 games of three or more hits. He also had a team-high 13 multi-RBI games.
On August 31, Massaro became the second RailCat to reach 500 career hits, trailing only Jay Pecci. Massaro set a franchise record and tied the league mark with three triples in a game on June 24 against Lincoln, coming in his first three at-bats.
2011: Massaro became the RailCats all-time leader in batting average (.320) and triples (23)...He set single-season records in hits (142), at-bats (413), triples (16), and extra-base hits (45)...Ranked third in the entire league in hits and his .344 batting average was tenth best. He was named the league's Rawlings Batter of the Month in August after he hit .430, driving in 24 runs in 26 games.
2010: Massaro improved on his great 2009 season with arguably a better 2010, batting .312 with an outstanding .372 on-base percentage. He piled up 119 hits, which at the time was tied with Adam Klein for the team record before Massaro topped that mark in 2011.
2009: The former Triple-A outfielder for the Oakland Athletics came roaring out of the gate as a RailCat, beginning a 15-game hitting streak on May 18 and finishing the streak with a .394 average just three weeks into the season...Massaro was voted as a starter in the Northern League All-Star Game in July and followed that up with a blazing start to the second half that included 12 multi-hit games in an 18-game stretch from July 11-30...Massaro finished the year with 34 multi-hit games – including a pair of four-hit nights – and led the RailCats with 10 hits and a .294 average in the postseason.