Who’s the mystery man on AEW’s holiday bash?the former baseball player

Palmetto High alumnus Granden Goetzman (far left) makes his AEW debut as part of new stable

Palmetto High alumnus Granden Goetzman (far left) makes his AEW debut as part of new stable “Mogul Affiliates” alongside Swerve Strickland (second from left), Rick Ross (second from right) and Parker Boudreaux (far right). Gotzman played 10 seasons of professional baseball after becoming a second-round pick of the Tampa Bay Rays in 2011.

Goetzman’s Instagram screenshot @kingoftheklondike

A former professional baseball player and Florida native has found the next chapter.

Palmetto High alumnus Granden Goetzman, the Tampa Bay Rays’ 2011 draft pick, made his debut last week as part of the new All Elite Wrestling faction.

AEW’s Dynamite Holiday Bash Show Coming to December 21st featured snippet Mediate a meeting between Keith Lee and Swerve Strickland in the ring with Miami Gardens rapper and music executive Rick Ross.

While Lee was in the ring, Strickland walked down the aisle before Lee was attacked from behind by Parker Boudreau and a mystery man.

The mystery man is a full-body tattooed Gottsman.

Gottsman began his professional baseball career in 2011 after the Rays selected him with the 75th overall pick. He was the compensation pick the Oakland A’s selected for pitcher Grant Balfour. Goetzman never made it to the Major League Baseball. Instead, he spent 10 seasons at various levels.

Goetzman, who turned 30 last month, was with the Rays organization from 2011 to 2017. In 2017, he earned Triple A with the Rays’ Durham, N.C. affiliate. In 17 games with the Durham Bulls, he hit .314 with a .771 OPS. He also vacillated between Double-A, Senior Single-A and rookie league that season.

In 2018 and 2019, Goetzman organized in Houston and St. Louis. He last played professional baseball in 2021 for the Quintana Roo team of the Independiente Mexican League.

Now he’s a professional wrestler, making his AEW debut as part of a new stable called “Mogul Affiliates.”

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Since joining the Bradenton Herald in 2010, sports reporter Jason has covered high school, college and professional sports. He has received a Florida Press Club Award for his sports features and column writing. He currently writes college and pro sports stories for McClatchy East Region live teams.