Some personnel news to note: Patrick Day, former GM of the Lansing Lugnuts (Low Class A; Midwest League), is the new GM of the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (independent; Atlantic League).
Day will focus on providing strategic direction and assist the Blue Crabs in maintaining their status as a community leader, as well as focus on the day-to-day operations of the ball club. Joel Seiden, who performed as general manager during the past season, will transition into a business development leadership role with the team, which is entering its 6th season in 2013.
While in Lansing, Day oversaw the entire Lugnuts operation after his 2007 arrival to the team. The Lugnuts have ranked among the attendance leaders in minor-league baseball and have established themselves as a valued part of the Lansing community.
Day, 37, began his career with the Charleston Alley Cats (Low Class A; Sally League), overseeing sales and marketing as the assistant general manager. He then moved into a similar role with the Montgomery Biscuits (Class AA; Southern League), a franchise that twice claimed Baseball America’s Class “AA” franchise of the year award while he was there. Day’s most recent stint as a sports executive was with the Muskegon Lumberjacks, part of the USHL, as chief operating officer.
“Coming back to baseball is a true ‘welcome home’ for me and I’m hugely excited about the fact that our organization has the honor of hosting this year’s Atlantic League All-Star Game,” Day said. “I look forward to meeting many in the community and working with the existing staff to build on the momentum that has already been created in the previous five seasons.”
Day grew up in western Massachusetts, and attended Concord University in West Virginia, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in mass communications with a focus on public relations and advertising. He and his wife Erica have a 20-month-old daughter named Emerson.
“We are thrilled to introduce and welcome Patrick as the leader of our team,” said Jon Danos, President of Opening Day Partners, owner of the Blue Crabs. “We deeply value Patrick’s operating experience with minor league teams that are among the most successful in the country. He will pick up on the great job Joel has done and their combined skills will lead to lots of fun and value for Blue Crabs fans beginning with Opening Day on April 24th and highlighted by our 2012 All-Star Game celebration on July 9th and 10th.”
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