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A new flock of Pelicans swoops in to Myrtle Beach for the 2017 season

Spring has arrived in Myrtle Beach, and with it a brand new flock to chase the coveted Mills Cup trophy, a feat the Pelicans have accomplished twice in a row now.

Seeking their third consecutive Mills Cup title, the Pelicans — Chicago’s Class A-Advanced affiliate — on Tuesday released their roster for the 2017 baseball campaign.

No Carolina League team has ever won three straight Mills Cup titles, and Myrtle Beach is the first with consecutive titles since the Winston-Salem Spirits (who were also a Cubs affiliate at the time) did so in 1985-86.

The Birds got together for their first official organized team activity of the year Tuesday to meet and greet the media and their fans.

With many key cogs to last year’s run now off to greener pastures, a new pod of Pelicans is eager to impress Cubs brass — and maybe follow the same path as those preceding them.

Check out the video above for sights and sounds from the day, and get the 2017 Myrtle Beach Pelicans schedule here!