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Ballpark Notes for Feb. 12, part deux

More ballpark goodness for your daily perusal. In today’s second edition of Ballpark News, the Birmingham Barons announce staff changes, while the Williamsport Crosscutters freeze ticket prices for 2009.More ballpark goodness for your daily perusal. In today’s second edition of Ballpark News, the Birmingham Barons announce staff changes, while the Williamsport Crosscutters freeze ticket prices for 2009.

The Birmingham Barons (Class AA; Southern League) announced four new additions and one promotion to their front office staff for the 2009 season. Caleb Adams (Assistant Groundskeeper), Shawn Pharo (Community Group Tickets Representative), Justin Rosenberg (Director of Media Relations) and Daniel Ruggierro (Head Groundskeeper) join the front office, while Jennifer Dillard (Office Manager) and Charlie Santiago (Director of Ticket Sales) will return in an expanded role.

Caleb Adams joins the Barons after spending the past two years in the same role with the Mobile BayBears. A Mobile native, Adams attended Faulkner State before coming to Birmingham.

Jennifer Dillard returns to the Barons in an expanded role. After spending the past three seasons as an assistant in the accounting department, Dillard moves into her new role as the Office Manager for the 2009 season.

Shawn Pharo begins his first season in professional baseball as a Group Tickets Representative. Pharo is a 2008 graduate of Auburn University and has resided in Birmingham since 1991.

Justin Rosenberg enters his first season with the Barons, serving as the Director of Media Relations. A Chicago native, Rosenberg attended Millikin University before spending 2008 as a Public Relations Assistant with the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Class AAA; Pacific Coast League).

Daniel Ruggierro rejoins to the Barons after spending the past two seasons as the Head Groundskeeper with the Mobile BayBears (Class AA; Southern League). Ruggierro previously served as the Assistant Groundskeeper for the Barons from 2004-06. He is originally from Marietta, GA and attended Gadsden State.

Charlie Santiago returns to the Barons staff as the Director of Ticket Sales. Santiago spent 2007 as a concessions intern for the Barons before spending 2008 as a Group Ticket Representative. He is a 2007 graduate of Troy University.
In Williamsport, the Williamsport Crosscutters (short season; NY-Penn League) announced a price freeze today. All ticket prices for the upcoming 2009 season will remain the same as last year.

This pricing announcement includes all tickets and ticket plans including season tickets, bonus books, single-game tickets and group tickets. In addition, the team is holding the price on its all-you-can eat picnic ticket at $20 per person while actually lowering the picnic price for children by 50% to $10.

In announcing the pricing plan, Cutters Vice-President/General Manager Doug Estes stated, “It’s no secret that our cost of doing business is going up every day. But in our challenging economy, we felt it imperative that we not only hold the line on our ticket pricing, but that we continue to look for ways to give fans more value than ever before.

“The Williamsport Crosscutters are committed to helping area consumers, our fans, get the best bang for their buck while providing wholesome, family entertainment in the unique atmosphere of Historic Bowman Field. With advance ticket rates starting at $3.50 per ticket and our highest price ticket of $7, Minor League Baseball in Williamsport is and always will be affordable entertainment for the entire family.”

All 2009 ticket plans are eligible for the new “Buy Now, Pay Later” no-interest option. The newly introduced plan allows fans to purchase their season tickets or bonus books now with no payments until June.

The Crosscutters are also announcing the creation of a new “Family 4-Pack” where families can get four general admission tickets, four hot dogs, a souvenir program and a 20% discount in the Sawmill Team Store for just $21.00. The offer is good for any Monday-Thursday home game.