MYRTLE BEACH — The Myrtle Beach Pelicans are proving to be not only a launching pad for developing players, but also for executives.
Scott Brown is the second Myrtle Beach general manager in the past three years to leave the Advanced Class-A Carolina League affiliate of the Texas Rangers for a GM position at the Triple-A level.
Brown has accepted the GM position with the Charlotte Knights of the International League, the top minor league affiliate of the Chicago White Sox.
“I’m happy for Scotty my friend, though I’m sorry to lose Scotty my general manager,” said Pelicans chairman and managing partner Chuck Greenberg, who was in Myrtle Beach to meet with the team’s staff on Friday and leaves Saturday for baseball’s winter meetings in Nashville. “I’m certain we’ll hire a successor who meets the high standards Scotty has set and takes the franchise to new heights.”
The Knights will be playing their final season in Fort Mill in 2013 before moving to a new ballpark in downtown Charlotte, N.C., for the 2014 season.
“It’s certainly bittersweet; I love the beach. But this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said Brown, who will remain with the Pelicans until mid-December. “I think it’s the most exciting stadium project in our industry. I had a chance to walk the site [Friday] and I think it’s going to be phenomenal. I don’t think there’s a better combination of stadium and city in Triple-A baseball.”
Greenberg said that once he learned two weeks ago there was a possibility Brown would be leaving, he consulted many in the industry to compile what is already a solid list of prospective successors. He expects to name a new GM in December.
“I’m impressed with the breadth and depth of outstanding candidates,” Greenberg said. “There’s no doubt we’ll have a great successor to carry on Scotty’s legacy very soon. This is a very attractive community to be part of and we’ve a very attractive franchise.
“It’s a credit to Scotty and the outstanding work of the entire staff that the Pelicans have never been positioned more strongly … to continue to enhance our brand of fun, affordable family entertainment.”
Greenberg finds himself looking for a GM for the second time in three years and third time in six years. North Johnson was the Pelicans GM for three years before accepting the GM position with the Atlanta Braves’ Triple-A affiliate in Gwinnett, Ga., in January 2010.
“It’s a compliment to the organization and a testament to the fact we have pretty good taste in people,” Greenberg said. “In the same manner we’re happy to see players move up the chain, I’m happy to see Scotty and North get these opportunities.”
Brown joined the Pelicans in March 2010 and helped transition the team’s major league affiliation from the Braves to the Rangers following the 2010 season.
The team hosted headline events like the NCAA Regional/Super Regionals in 2010 on behalf of Coastal Carolina University, the 2010 Carolina/California League All-Star Game, and an exhibition game between the then American League Champion Rangers and CCU on March 29, 2011.
Prior to the 2012 season, the Pelicans landed a ballpark naming rights deal with TicketReturn.com, and Brown was named the Carolina League’s Calvin Falwell Executive of the Year after the Pelicans sold out 11 games this past season and made the playoffs.
“It takes an offer like this to get me out of Myrtle Beach,” Brown said. “I look back with very fond memories. We did a lot of fun things. It was a blast.”
Brown’s baseball career dates back to his teenage years, when he worked for his father, 35-year Baltimore Orioles public relations director Robert W. Brown, as an Orioles press box assistant.
Brown was in the New York Mets organization from 1988 through 2009, spending the last five years before his Pelicans hire as general manager of the Double-A Binghamton Mets.
The Pelicans open their 15th season on the Grand Strand on April 4 against the Wilmington Blue Rocks.
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