Pelicans GM Brown leaving MB for Triple-A Charlotte

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans, the Advanced Class-A Carolina League affiliate of the Texas Rangers, today announced that General Manager Scott Brown has accepted the GM position with the Triple-A Charlotte (N.C.) Knights of the International League.

Charlotte is the top minor league affiliate of the Chicago White Sox and will be relocating from Fort Mill , SC to a brand-new, state-of-the-art ballpark in Downtown Charlotte for the 2014 season.

Brown will remain with the Pelicans until mid-December. Pelicans’ Chairman and Managing Partner Chuck Greenberg has begun an extensive industry-wide search for the club’s new General Manager and an announcement is expected before Christmas.

“We are proud of Scotty’s accomplishments during his three seasons leading the Pelicans and support him as he leaves the team for a once-in-a-lifetime Triple-A opportunity in a beautiful new downtown ballpark in Charlotte,” said Greenberg. “It’s a feather in our cap to have had someone as talented and well-respected in our industry leading the franchise. Likewise, it speaks volumes about the Pelicans’ reputation throughout the professional baseball community as a fun, creative, fan-friendly brand operating in an exciting and vibrant market like Myrtle Beach.”

Brown joined the Pelicans in March 2010 and under his leadership transitioned the team’s Major League Baseball affiliation from the Atlanta Braves to the Texas 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 the first-ever exhibition game involving a big league team in Myrtle Beach when the reigning American League Champion Rangers took on the CCU Chanticleers on March 29, 2011.

Prior to the 2012 season, the Pelicans landed a new ballpark naming rights deal with TicketReturn.Com, and following the regular season, during which the Pelicans sold out of 11 games, Brown was named the Carolina League’s Calvin Falwell “Executive of the Year” Award.

“My time in Myrtle Beach was very rewarding for me and my family, and I’m thankful for the opportunity Chuck and our ownership group provided me to lead one of the model franchises in Minor League Baseball in such a wonderful setting as Myrtle Beach,” said Brown, whose baseball career can be traced back to his teenage years, when he worked for his father Robert W. Brown as a press box assistant for the Baltimore Orioles. “I leave with fond memories of and gratitude for our loyal fans, sponsors and talented staff. This new opportunity in Charlotte is one that doesn’t present itself often. The Triple-A level has always appealed to me, and the opportunity to help transition the Charlotte club into a brand-new downtown ballpark and build a new fan base was too hard to pass up.”

The Pelicans open the 2013 Carolina League season, its 15th on the Grand Strand, on Thirsty Thursday, April 4 against the Wilmington Blue Rocks at 7:05 p.m. Season ticket, mini-plan and flex book packages are on sale now by calling the Pelicans at (843) 918-6000. For more information, fans should visit Myrtle Beach Pelicans.com.

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