Scott Brown, one of the good guys in MiLB, replaces North Johnson as GM of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans.Scott Brown, one of the good guys in MiLB, replaces North Johnson as GM of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (High Class A; Carolina League). Johnson left the club in January to take over the same role with the Gwinnett Braves (Class AAA; International League). The 44-year old Brown will officially begin his tenure as Pelicans’ GM in early March.
Brown comes to the Grand Strand after spending the previous five of his 30-plus seasons in baseball as the General Manager of the Binghamton Mets (Class AA; Eastern League). Prior to his appointment as GM of the B-Mets in 2005, Scott was the club’s Assistant General Manager for eight of 10 seasons between 1995 and 2004.
“After conducting an extensive national search, we are thrilled to have landed a leader for our management team who not only has the depth of experience and industry-wide respect that Scott brings, but someone who clearly understands and shares our organization’s primary goal to provide the most fun and affordable brand of family entertainment on the Grand Strand,” said Pelicans’ Chairman and Managing Partner Chuck Greenberg. “Scott’s wealth of experience as an operator and measured success in building strong community and corporate partnerships is the perfect complement to our already talented, creative and fan-friendly front office staff. Our valued fans, business partners and local community leaders are going to enjoy getting to know Scott’s galvanizing personality as he leads the Pelicans into this exciting new chapter in franchise history.”
Brown’s five-year tenure as Binghamton General Manager featured both the second-largest season attendance in the club’s 18-year history (2007) and the second-best five-year composite attendance in team history, trailing only the club’s initial five seasons in the mid-1990s. In 2005, he was named both the Eastern League Executive of the Year and the New York Mets Minor League Executive of the Year. He also won Mets minor league honors following the 2007 season.
“Throughout baseball, the Pelicans and Greenberg Sports Group have built a reputation as an innovative and dynamic force in bringing communities together and entertaining fans at affordable prices,” said Brown. “We already have a top notch front office staff, the phenomenal BB&T Coastal Field, supportive corporate partners and great fans, so my main goal will be to help grow Pelicans Nation even more.”
“Like our staff and everyone that calls Myrtle Beach home either year-round or for only a weekend, I love to have fun,” he added. “We'll aim to continue the tradition of making every Pelicans game the most fun and affordable entertainment option at the beach. My family and I can't contain our excitement to create new friendships and to settle in to our new hometown.”
Brown was born into the game of baseball because of his father’s long affiliation with the Baltimore Orioles. Robert W. Brown spent 35 years as the O’s Public Relations Director and gave Scott his first job as a press box assistant during Baltimore’s 1979 American League championship season. He continued to work in the Orioles’ media relations department throughout high school and college years at Towson State University in Maryland.
Scott began his management career in 1988 with the New York Mets and worked in a variety of roles during his time with the club, including General Manager of the Mets’ Florida State League team in St. Lucie (1988-90) and Assistant to the Scouting Director (1991-94). In 1997, after his first two seasons in Binghamton, he returned to St. Lucie as the Mets’ Spring Training Coordinator/Class-A General Manager.
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