Christmas break is over! We're back from the holidays and other work chores, passing along various items in our inboxes. First off: the Sarasota Reds are now the Bradenton Marauders; Dan Wolfert is the GM.
Christmas break is over! We're back from the holidays and other work chores (we launched a new site, Tomorrow's Book; check it out if you're interested in eBooks), passing along various items in our inboxes. First off: the Florida State League's Sarasota Reds are now the Bradenton Marauders; Dan Wolfert is the GM.
The Pittsburgh Pirates purchased the Sarasota Reds after the end of the 2009 season when the Reds shifted spring operations to Arizona. The Marauders will play at McKechnie Field, the spring home of the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Marauders, obviously, will be Pittsburgh's High Class A team. Cincinnati will take over the affiliation with the Lynchburg Hillcats (High Class A; Carolina League).
“We are very excited to unveil the Marauders name and logo today and to bring Florida State League baseball to the City of Bradenton,” said Pirates President Frank Coonelly. “Marauders was selected as the club’s name after an exhaustive selection process. While it was important that the Bradenton club be closely associated with the Pirates brand, we felt it was that the team should have its own unique name and brand.”
Dan Wolfert is the team's GM. He was GM of the Sarasota Reds (High Class A; Florida State League) for the past five years after spending two year as GM of the Thunder Bay Border Cats (summer collegiate; Northwoods League).
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