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As has been previously been established on the pages of this fine blog, I am not in the habit of reporting on the personnel movement of Minor League front office staffs. But I’ve made exceptions before, and will do so again.
On Tuesday, the Midwest League’s South Bend Silver Hawks announced that a celebrity of sorts had joined their front office: Notre Dame women’s basketball star Jackie Batteast (who has since played professionally in the WNBA as well as in Greece). Batteast, who suited up for the Fighting Irish from 2002-05, will work for the Silver Hawks as an account executive. In a press release sent out by the Silver Hawks, Batteast is touted as "one of the top five women’s basketball players ever to wear a Notre Dame jersey." To begin her career in Minor League Baseball, she will work in group sales and also take part in community-oriented projects.
Moving on, the Huntsville Stars have introduced Buck Rogers as their new General Manager. Rogers had established himself as one of the Florida State League’s great promotional minds over the past
several seasons, first with the Daytona Cubs and then with the Brevard County Manatees. With the former club, he made news when he offered lifetime season tickets to anyone who would get a tattoo with the team’s logo. With the latter, he became known for his "Ceremonial First Pitch" record attempts (6,130 before one game last season!) as well as for conducting elaborate baseball-themed treasure hunts around the Brevard County area. Not to mention that the club routinely staged off-beat promotions such as plunger giveaways and "Desperate Househusbands Night."
With both Rogers and Andrew Seymour gone from the Florida State League in 2008, a void will surely be felt in the circuit. It’s time for the next generation of promotional gurus to rise up!
When I started this blog back in October, I made the "executive decision" not to do posts regarding the myriad hirings, firings, resignations, and re-locations of front office personnel. There would just be too much to cover, and I already have a hard enough time as it is keeping up with logo changes.
However, I need to make an exception and report on this:
Over the past decade, Seymour has played a huge role in establishing the Miracle as a promotions powerhouse. The club was nominated for the Larry MacPhail Promotional Trophy this past season (leading to the coveted Ben’s Biz Blog interview) and "Billy Donovan Night" was voted the year’s best promotion through a poll conducted on MiLB.com.
That represents just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what Seymour has accomplished, and the Miracle’s press release announcing Seymour’s departure lists a few more of the promotional highlights he was responsible for through the years.
My favorite of these has to be the "Homage to the Sausage", which honored all the sausages that were harmed by the bat of Randall Simon (a reference to Simon’s notorious assault of a sausage mascot in Milwaukee during the 2003 season). Last season’s "Mike Tyson Ear Night" was also a classic, and we must not forget that this is a team that once gave away "bobblebutt" dolls.
"Just like our players who get promoted, we enable our front office staff to achieve their goals and dreams," said Miracle GM Steve Gliner in the press release.
In this case, those dreams involve establishing Canada’s sole remaining affiliated Minor League team as one of the premier organizations in the Northwest League. It should be a very interesting season in Vancouver.
In the offseason, Major League organizations spend a lot of time re-organizing. Hiring, firings, and re-locations are commonplace, but personnel moves of this sort are not the type of subject matter usually covered here at this fine blog.
I’ll make an exception for Mr. Rodney McCray, however, who was just hired by the Los Angeles Dodgers as a roving baserunning and outfield coach. Mr. McCray –who has also coached for the Reds, Padres, and Royals — spent time in the Major Leagues from 1990-92. However, he will always be a Minor League icon as a result of his 1991 crash through the outfield wall of Portland’s Civic Stadium.
McCray’s immortal blooper resulted in the much-celebrated "Rodney MCray Bobblefence Doll", which
was given away by the Portland Beavers in 2006 (and appropriated by the State College Spikes for last season’s Turner Ward Bobblewall).
I spoke with Rodney at the time of the Bobblefence Giveaway, and found him to be a truly nice guy who was at peace with his somewhat odd place in baseball history. Here’s hoping he finds success within the Dodgers organization, and that he continues to inspire a new generation of players to compete with the sort of energy and enthusiasm which results in busted walls and eventual bobblehead celebrity.